Maroochydore to trial intelligent lighting system

September 27, 2018 by  

A two year pilot program to test an intelligent street lighting system will begin rolling out in parts of Maroochydore during September.

Sunshine Coast Council has agreed to deploy the smart lighting technology, named PLANet, in the City Centre and Evans Street. The trial is being overseen SunCentral, an investment company set up by the council in 2015 to run a revitalisation program for the Maroochydore CBD. SunCentral CEO John Knaggs said of the program:

“We have a unique opportunity to create a CBD with unprecedented communications and technological abilities.”

Upgrading Maroochydore’s commercial hub may mean extra demand for graphic design firms and stationery printers.

The PLANet lighting system is designed and manufactured by Telensa, a global leader developing technology for smart cities. The system consists of a central management application connected to a network of wireless nodes which are in turn joined to individual street lights.

Telensa says that it has deployed PLANet on one and a half million lights around the world. The idea is that the system will eventually pay for itself through energy savings and reduced maintenance costs while also directly benefitting the public by being able to brighten lights over available parking spaces, for example.

Maroochydore will report on Telensa’s innovations by 2020, demonstrating the environmental, financial and social benefits of the project.