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Wireless street lighting revolution

WiMAC, the hardware and software development company, is pleased to announce that its interoperable Central Management System (CMS) for remotely managing street lighting has been specified in nearly 50 street lighting systems across the UK. As a result, between 5,000 and 6,000 street lights per month are currently being enabled with the WiMAC technology.

Wireless street lighting revolution

The revolutionary remote wireless CMS is helping Local Authorities make tangible energy savings and reduce carbon emissions. The system was the first CMS to be approved in the UK by UMSUG to directly provide energy consumption data whilst settling imbalances when actual delivery of energy does not match contractual agreements.

With the introduction of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) and The Climate Change Act 2008 - which has set legally binding targets for an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 - reducing carbon emissions has become essential for councils up and down the UK.

Some Local Authorities have decided to switch off street lights in an attempt to reduce energy costs and meet carbon emission targets, which has led to public outcry. Many Councils on the other hand, have decided to embrace technology that incorporates the WiMAC CMS to help them manage their street lighting in a more efficient and effective way.

The CMS which is internet based and accessible from anywhere in the world, gives Local Authorities the control and flexibility they have long desired. It allows them to dim street lights instead of switching them off and can be tailored to the relevant lighting class for the road specification. An area of all night activity can remain fully lit, whilst reduced lighting levels may be implemented for adjacent housing or industrial areas.

The system, which can also cleverly provide daily maintenance reports for each light, identifying lamps which have failed and lamps that are about to fail - easing scheduling and management of street lighting across local boroughs - is supported by a leading-edge data management centre. The centre includes redundant and backup systems, redundant data communications connections, environmental controls and the most up-to-date security devices. The CMS is also interoperable with a list of leading Asset Management Systems, with more soon to be added.

Current licencees of the system are Zodion and Harvard Engineering.

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