Hong Kong Highways Department selects Telensa for smart LED street lighting pilot


One of the market leaders in connected street lighting and smart city applications Telensa has been selected by the Highways Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) to deploy its PLANet intelligent LED street lighting system in a new pilot program in the special administrative region.

Led by the South King-Kum Shing JV engineering services group, the project aims to replace about 600 streetlights in Yuen Long Town with wirelessly managed LED lights. The Yuen Long community has a population of 148,000 and is located in Hong Kong’s New Territories region.

UK-based Telensa’s PLANet is an end-to-end smart street lighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network owned by the city, and a central management application. The system pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting, and has the capacity to turn streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors, including camera and radar-based systems for monitoring traffic and parking in real time.

With more than one million lights already connected, Telensa PLANet is the world’s most popular wireless-based smart streetlight system. The company’s Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) wireless networks simply attach to existing light poles, and can provide city or region-wide coverage in a matter of days, with the system designed to run reliably for decades.

Having been a pioneer in the use of ultra-narrow band (UNB) radio technology, Telensa is currently working alongside other leading vendors within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to develop international standards for LPWA networks. The company is also a founding member of ETSI’s City Digital Profile (CDP) that will help accelerate the delivery of integrated citizen services and provide a technology road map for city leaders who will benefit from standardized solutions from their smart city suppliers.

“We’re delighted to be working with our partners, the Highways Department of the HKSARG and South King-Kum Shing JV to pilot an efficient, resilient and smart street lighting system for Hong Kong, one that will be responsive to citizens’ needs for decades to come,” said Will Gibson, founder and chief commercial officer at Telensa. “We’re looking forward to working together in future on low-cost smart city applications, enabled by the city’s lighting network.”

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