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City of Harrisburg and Telensa Trial Smart City Technologies Using Connected Streetlight Infrastructure

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a world leader in smart street lighting and smart city data
applications, today announced that it is working with the City of
Harrisburg to trial smart city technologies featuring smart sensors for
traffic, air quality and waste monitoring. The City deployed a Telensa
smart street lighting system in 2016 and saw the potential to use this
physical and network infrastructure to roll out additional smart

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City of Harrisburg (Credit: Max Pixel)

City of Harrisburg (Credit: Max Pixel)

The Smart City project is now deployed and Telensa partner sensors,
including CA
for traffic analytics, Libelium
for air quality and FarSite
for waste monitoring, have been installed. The data from these sensors
is analysed and combined with existing lighting data and displayed in a
smart city dashboard. This provides custom visualisation of multiple
sensors, showing correlations across departments and driving insights
for smarter, more efficient and joined up services. Harrisburg is also
set to test the use of technology for Traffic Adaptive Lighting, whereby
groups of streetlights can be dynamically adjusted in the central
management system using real-time, raw traffic data received from a
radar-based sensor. This adaptive lighting results in energy savings of
up to 30%.

Harrisburg has previously worked with Telensa to deploy over 4,000
connected streetlights spanning the whole city, leading to utility bill
reductions of 60-70%. The city realised the additional value of their
lighting infrastructure as a platform for smart city sensors, providing
a power source and secure cloud connection, and located in citizen-dense
areas yet positioned safely out of reach.

Telensa PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent street lighting system,
consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated
network owned by the city and a central management application. The
systems pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs,
improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting and turns
streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors. With more than 1.7
million lights connected, Telensa PLANet is the world’s most popular
connected streetlight system.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating again and deepening our relationship
with the City of Harrisburg to utilise the connected streetlight
infrastructure by adding smart city applications that bring more value
to the city,” said Will Gibson, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer at
Telensa. “We are excited to showcase the potential of this technology
and the benefits it can bring to the citizens of Harrisburg and those of
other cities around the world.”

“We live in a data-driven world, but we’re not going to monitor stuff
just to monitor it – it has to make sense to the city!” said Wayne S.
Martin Esq., Harrisburg’s City Engineer. “That’s why we have chosen
these smart city applications to open up endless possibilities for us to
improve city efficiency and save money – the dollars can really add up.”

“Use of smart technology to collect data could have profound benefits
for the City,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “I look forward to seeing the
results of this important test of smart sensors using the lighting
network, and hope we can see significant savings and benefits.”

About Telensa

Telensa makes wireless smart city applications, helping cities around
the world save energy, work smarter and deliver more joined-up services
for their citizens. Telensa PLANet is the world’s most deployed smart
streetlight solution, with a footprint of more than 1.7 million lights.
Building on the compelling business case for its smart street lighting,
the company provides cities and utilities with an open, low-cost
platform to add multiple sensor applications.