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Smart lighting could lead to huge energy cost savings in Australia: Silver Spring

Iain Morris
August 26, 2014
Smart public lighting networks in Australia could help to reduce street light energy consumption by more than 10% and lower maintenance costs by up to 30%, according to data from Silver Spring Networks.

Combined with the use of LEDs, networks could deliver energy savings of up to 60% over traditional high-pressure sodium street lights, reducing maintenance costs by as much as 35%.

The smart energy player unveiled the data during a recent smart lighting summit in Australia, where it hopes local authorities might deploy its technology as part of efforts to modernize infrastructure.

“By establishing an open, standards-based IP network underpinning multiple applications, from energy to public lighting to traffic light systems to disaster sensors, cities can leverage network economics to cost-effectively deploy new smart infrastructure services to their citizenry over time,” said CJ Boguszewski, the global commercial lead for smart city applications for Silver Spring (Redwood City, CA, USA).

“With our smart energy networks deployed in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, the market has made strides in proving out the critical role technology plays in helping modernize its energy and municipal infrastructure,” added Boguszewski. “The next step is advancing to more sophisticated IoT applications, and intelligent street lights are often the onramp to smarter cities.”

Many Australian cities are currently coping with costly and ageing infrastructure, argues Silver Spring, with street lighting consuming as much as 40% of a city’s energy budget.

Silver Spring says its own solution is based on an open wireless networking platform that could be leveraged for the deployment of additional smart city services over time.

The company’s technology has already been used to connect more than two million homes and businesses in Australia to energy providers including Citipower & PowerCor (Melbourne, Australia), Jemena (Melbourne, Australia) and Western Power (Perth, Australia).

Silver Spring claims the technology has led to improvements in energy efficiency and allowed consumers to make “smarter energy decisions”.
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