Itron, Vinci Energies collaborate on smart lighting project in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 17 Apr 2019 OCEANIA EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY

US-based technology firm Itron has collaborated with Vinci Energies’ Electrix and Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) for the development of a smart lighting project in Australian capital city.

The partnership will build an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) network to support smart lighting and smart city and energy solutions in Canberra. TCCS manages streetlights and other critical infrastructure in Canberra.

The project is claimed to be the largest standalone smart lighting project in the country, and the first energy performance contract in Australia and Oceania.

Itron Asia-Pacific region commercial and customer enablement vice president Paul Nelsen said: “Itron’s open standards-based, globally proven smart city network is the ideal platform to help councils and governments like TCCS to realize its vision to transform critical city services for consumers.”

TCCS will use Itron’s multi-purpose network across the region to connect streetlights on the network. It will be managed by Itron’s Streetlight.Vision central management software.

Under the seven-year energy performance contract, Electrix will take responsibility for operation, maintenance and upgrading of streetlight network. Electrix is a provider of electrical engineering, construction and maintenance services.

Itron’s network will enable TCCS to achieve significant energy savings and minimize investment risk, as well as help manage to fixed annual allocated budgets during the contract term.

Itron’s network will also help increase electrical safety and save energy through energy efficient fittings, which can be tracked with metering on the lights.

Smart city lab will also be developed for testing and developing additional smart city solutions such as smart waste management, traffic monitoring, pollution sensing and other applications using the same network platform.

As part of the upgrade, Itron will also deliver a new digital control maintenance management system for real-time monitoring of the network to automatically detect faults such as lamp failures or cable problems.

Electrix general manager Tony Croagh said: “Electrix has extensive local expertise in maintenance of electrical infrastructure, particularly street lighting. We are excited to apply our experience in collaboration with TCCS and Itron on this unique project.”

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Image: Itron and Vinci Energies will develop smart lighting project in Australia. Photo: courtesy of Ricardo Moura on Unsplash.

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