300 Belgian cities to upgrade street lighting

  • February 7, 2024
  • William Payne

City infrastructure specialist Itron is collaborating with Lightwell to upgrade urban street lighting across Belgium. Both companies will provide Belgium’s largest grid operator, Fluvius, with smart street lighting for cities in the Flanders region in the north of the country. The lighting will include streetlight controls, intelligent connectivity and central management software.

The programme will improve street lighting in 300 Flemish municipalities.

To reduce Co2 emissions and energy consumption, Fluvius will upgrade more than 1 million streetlamps with LED technology by 2028. Beyond the energy savings from the LED technology, Itron’s smart street lighting solution will allow Fluvius to configure the system to further reduce energy consumption and increase operational efficiencies.

Itron partner Lightwell specialises in sustainable public and urban lighting through LED technology. Lightwell’s Luxis streetlight luminaires will be managed via Itron’s smart city management Streetlight.Vision (SLV) software.

Benefits of Itron’s SLV solution include automated asset management, flexible scheduling, rapid failure detection and utility-grade metering data. Fluvius can improve energy efficiencies in all 300 Flemish municipalities.

“Working together with Lightwell, Itron is helping to reduce Flemish municipalities energy consumption across the grid operator’s 142,915 miles (230,000 kilometers) of utility lines by improving visibility to the streetlighting critical infrastructure,” said John Marcolini, senior vice president of Networked Solutions at Itron. “Knowing that public lighting can consume as much as 40% of a municipality’s energy budget, deploying Itron’s intelligence smart city central management software solution will help Fluvius achieve its energy saving and carbon reduction goals.”

“Through Itron’s smart city management platform, Fluvius can enable dimming of the Lightwell LED streetlights for additional energy savings. At Lightwell, we are thrilled to be working together with Itron as our Luxis LED lighting fixtures will integrate into Itron’s SLV platform with the option to add future smart cities use cases,” said Peter-Paul Metz, CEO of Lightwell. “The proactive management of smart streetlights serves as an example of how to preserve the integrity of the electrical grid for the future.”