LED lighting technology’s advantages are well documented, significantly improving both power consumption and night-time visibility. Cellular Nodes connected to Central Management Systems (CMS) build on these benefits, allowing precise control of lighting outputs through remote ‘dimming and trimming’ techniques, which enable significant energy (and therefore cost) savings. They can also automatically provide reporting on faults, further saving monitoring and maintenance costs.
When paired with additional sensors, the Cellular Node can provide dynamic lighting, automatically adjusting depending on pedestrian footfall or road traffic. This can ensure adequate light levels during peak periods, offering a sense of security while minimising wastage during quieter periods.
Connected CMS platforms use street lighting infrastructure to communicate data via nodes attached to the luminaire, allowing control of a portfolio of city and highways assets. The vast array of data that can be captured and reported means customers can make intelligent decisions about how they manage their asset portfolio, enabling energy savings, increased safety and reduced maintenance costs.
For example, Urban Control and its parent company, DW Windsor, recently worked with Surrey County Council to provide more efficient street lighting. Together, they upgraded 89,000 streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs, delivering expected energy reductions of around 60 per cent – saving more than 7,500 tonnes of carbon emissions each year. Urban control provided the Central Management System (CMS), while DW Windsor was responsible for the lighting upgrade.