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Smart lamps hit Hong Kong streets

Hong Kong will soon take its first steps toward the Smart City dream when a new intelligent street lighting system is piloted in the New Territories.

In April, the Highways Department announced it had selected British smart city applications provider Telensa to roll out the pilot program that will see about 600 street lamps in Yuen Long fitted with the company’s PLANet intelligent road lighting system.

With over 1 million installations worldwide, PLANet is the world’s leading smart street lighting system consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network owned by the city, and a central management application.

Besides reduced energy and maintenance costs, Smart City advocates can look forward to features that include automatic fault reporting and the capacity to turn street lights into data sensors for other smart initiatives, such as pollution monitoring and traffic management.

Telensa is teaming up with local engineering group South King-Kum Shing JV to install “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.”