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Smart streetlights trial

A smarter way to light up Melville   

We are always looking at ways to take advantage of the latest technology to provide our customers with a better experience. That involves working towards delivering innovative, intelligent, and future-focused solutions for streetlighting.

In November 2019, we commenced our smart streetlights trial in Melville, to test new technology that will provide communities with an enhanced streetlighting product that can automatically report its own faults for quicker repairs and can be dimmed/brightened remotely.

The eight-month trial will see 100 LED streetlights connected by a wireless radio frequency, which communicates to our network control centre.

In a Western Australian-first, streetlights will be operated on a system-wide basis providing direct benefits to residents and local councils.

The technology in the streetlights uses very low-level radio frequency to ‘talk’ to our control centre. The level is like the frequency you experience when listening to the radio in your car. The new luminaires meet current Australian standards in relation to road category and safety requirements.

Considering we currently own and operate around 270,000 streetlights in WA, this technology has the potential to transform how we manage these assets on a large scale.

Smart streetlight

Why it’s good for customers, councils and the grid

The LED technology has several benefits for residents and local councils as they provide enhanced illumination, longer life, lower maintenance costs, and improved energy efficiency, which means they are more cost-effective for councils to run.

Smart streetlights will provide significant benefits to the community, including:

  • Capability for real-time control of brightness/ dimming according to conditions
  • Early detection of streetlight faults, avoiding the need for the fault to be reported by customers
  • Efficient replacement and service of faulty streetlights
  • Longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs
  • Improved energy efficiency.

This trial will also test the effectiveness and compatibility of smart streetlighting within our grid management systems and can communicate with our control centre.

We receive on average around 40,000 calls per year regarding faulty streetlights - the use of smart streetlights will remove the need for reporting back to Western Power as our system will be able to see the status and condition of the new lights.

Following the trial

The trial will last eight months and, once complete in May 2020, we will work with the City of Melville to expand the new streetlights and associated communications infrastructure more broadly throughout the area.

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