Nova Scotia Tabs Silver Spring Networks to Manage LEDs

silver spring energy manageHalifax will use a control system from Silver Spring Networks to managed 43,000 new LED street lights in the city and outlying rural areas, according to LEDs Magazine.

The control system – which is expected to cut costs and improve effectiveness – also sets Halifax up to add sensors for smart city applications. These could include water and electric meter reading, traffic monitoring, water monitoring, traffic counters and advertising panels, the story says. The LEDs were provided by LED Roadway Lighting.

Together, the lights and control system cost the Halifax Regional Municipality about US$30 million.

The Silver Spring network employs the IPv6 Internet addressing scheme and puts a controller on each luminaire. A mesh returns information to the controller. Each includes GPS functionality, which identifies luminaires which are inadvertently returned to the wrong receptacles.

In early October, Silver Spring unveiled Streetlight Vision 6, a smart city control and management platform, and said it is partnering with Acuity Brands to develop intelligent lighting platforms for utilities, cities and large campuses.

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