As well as having smart capability, these streetlights have LED technology which provides enhanced illumination, longer life, lower maintenance costs and improved energy efficiency, while heavily reducing CO2 emissions which means they are more cost-effective for councils to run.
The number of street lights on our network
Customer calls received every year about failed or broken streetlights
Reduction in CO2 emissions compared to standard streetlights
Reduction in customer calls if the whole network switches to smart streetlights
So how does it work?
Smart streetlights are LED streetlights with smart PE cell capability.
The trial involved 100 LED streetlights connected by a wireless radio frequency, which ‘talk’ to our network control centre. This means that if a streetlight is faulty or broken, the network control centre is automatically notified and has real-time information on exactly what and where the issue is.
The technology in the streetlights uses very low-level radio frequency, exactly like our advanced meter smart metering technology.
The new LED luminaires meet current Australian standards in relation to road category and safety requirements.
Considering we currently own and operate over 276,000 streetlights in WA, this technology has the potential to transform how we manage these assets on a large scale.
Trialling smart streetlights in Melville
Melville was chosen for the trial as there were multiple streetlights in the area requiring an upgrade. To minimise cost and reduce customer outages, smart streetlights were incorporated as part of these planned upgrade works.
In a Western Australian Utility first, these streetlights will be operated on a system-wide basis providing direct benefits to residents and local councils/shires.