Telensa, the market leader in connected street lighting and Smart City applications, today announced that it has been selected by Wiltshire County Council to expand its PLANet intelligent street lighting system by an additional 7,000 lights across the county.

The established deployment already controls 35,000 lights, and paid for itself in just six years through reduced energy and maintenance costs. These controls are also being upgraded as part of a broader LED replacement program for which Ringway is the contractor and Atkins is the consultant. The combination of Telensa smart controls and advanced LED lights from Urbis Schréder has enabled the Council to implement sophisticated lighting profiles that save energy and create a more pleasant urban environment. The project will begin in October and is due for completion in October 2021.

Telensa PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent street lighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network and a central management system. PLANet maximises the benefits of LEDs, pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting, and turns streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors. With more than 1.7 million lights connected, Telensa PLANet is the world’s most popular connected streetlight system.

“The addition of Telensa controls has helped the Council to significantly reduce our energy costs, whilst at the same time improving our street lighting service,” said Peter Binley, Head of Service – Highway Asset Management and Commissioning at Wiltshire Council. “Extending our partnership to a total of 42,000 smart streetlights county-wide is an example of Wiltshire Council’s leadership in intelligent infrastructure to deliver a safer, smarter, and more efficient environment for its citizens.”

“Rising energy prices and tightening budgets mean that it is more important than ever to be able to offer local authorities deployment-proven solutions,” said Will Gibson, Chief Commercial Officer, Telensa. “We’re delighted to expand our partnership with Wiltshire to deliver a more efficient street lighting system that will serve citizens’ needs for decades to come.”