In an Australian first, City of Darwin has announced a new technology platform that will control and manage Council's public lighting network. Nearly 10,000 lights will be operated through the new system, providing savings of approximately $1M per annum. CEO City of Darwin, Scott Waters said “This investment in our future will deliver long term savings and energy efficiencies and sets a new benchmark Nationally.” “Now is the right time and Darwin is the right size city to deliver this type of technology.” “Our community expects Council to manage assets in the most cost efficient and effective way and this new technology will replace existing outdated fittings and controls.” The new technology is expected to deliver maintenance savings, energy efficiencies, improved and dynamic lighting levels and asset management capabilities through smart control systems. Public lighting faults will be automated through the control system, ensuring outages are quickly captured and resolved, rather than relying on the community and time consuming maintenance reports.
"This is expected to be one the the largest rollout projects of its kind, of not only of LED's, but of control systems to measure and manage the lights for an Australian capital city."
After an extensive tender process Telensa Systems Pty Ltd has been awarded the final contract (2018/021 Supply & Service Contract for Public Lighting Controls & System) to manage Council's public lighting network.
Will Gibson, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Telensa said “We are excited to be working with City of Darwin to deliver a modern, efficient and resilient street lighting system that will pay for itself in short order and be responsive to community needs for decades to come.” The project will begin mid-April 2019 and expected completion is January 2021.