Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Southend lights up the seaside, smartly

Steve Rogerson
April 13, 2016
The UK borough of Southend-on-Sea is deploying 14,500 light control units (LCUs), gateways and a management control system. This is part of the council's energy saving initiative of upgrading luminaires to LEDs and replacement of street lighting columns
Southend-on-Sea is situated 64km east of central London and is the largest conurbation in the east of England with a population of 175,000 and an area covering more than 40 square kilometres.
Israel company Telematics Wireless will provide the technology including a telematics central management system (CMS) and its T-Light Pro streetlight control and monitoring system.
"Southend-on-Sea is clearly demonstrating its commitment to grow the use of technology," said Eddy Kafry, chief executive officer of Telematics Wireless. “Installing a smart infrastructure will set the stage to cost-effectively add other smart city applications to the borough. We look forward to working with Southend-on-Sea to be at the technological forefront helping them generate further savings and income through the implementation of other smart city applications."
T-Light Pro is a robust wireless mesh multi-hop network, using self-healing and cognitive radio algorithms. It enables reliable and secure two-way communications between lighting nodes and the CMS via a wireless network using a small number of lamppost-mounted gateways with cellular modems.
Southend-on-Sea chose the company’s seven-pin Nema LCUs for ease of installation and seamless network configuration. The T-light Pro system offers the council real-time control of the network such that it can vary luminance levels and automatically receive fault reporting and warning alarms, allowing faster response to outages and reduced maintenance costs while realising energy savings.
The plan is for the smart lighting system to act as a platform for other future smart city applications. The CMS RF infrastructure can support additional smart sensors and applications such as water resource management, traffic and environmental monitoring.
"A smart infrastructure will give our residents confidence in Southend-on-Sea's council to meet its goals of efficiently reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions, whilst realising further savings in the future through other smart characteristics," said Paul Mathieson, group manager of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. "We hope to align this smart CMS with other IT applications such as future ICT based procurements and cloud computing."