Case Study

Case study

More and more cities and communities throughout Australia are recognising the need to improve the lives of their citizens through smart city applications. With an ecosystem of partners that allows for future integration, Sylvania Connected Solutions is their trusted partner of choice.

The challenge

As part of the City of Ryde’s overall vision of adopting a ‘smart cities’ strategy for the Ryde Town Centre, the City’s lighting needed to be upgraded from high wattage metal halide lighting to energy efficient, long life LED lighting.

The LED lighting needed to meet the required standards for pedestrian lighting, highways and major arterial roads, and energy efficiency gains of at least 40% over the existing lighting. Pivotal to the project was the provision of a smart controls system. This feature would provide the Council with the ability to control the lighting remotely and allow for dimming, scheduling, fault and network infrastructure monitoring. The City also wanted a solution that would provide the bandwidth, reliability, and partner ecosystem to allow them to expand into other smart city applications. It was also important that the solution be based on open standards, allowing the City to have their choice of vendors.

Installation on Ryde Road, one of Sydney’s busiest main roads, was the most challenging aspect of this instalment. A major arterial road surrounding the busy Top Ryde Shopping complex and transport hub, restricted change-over to low shopper and commuter traffic hours.

The challenge

As part of the City of Ryde’s overall vision of adopting a ‘smart cities’ strategy for the Ryde Town Centre, the City’s lighting needed to be upgraded from high wattage metal halide lighting to energy efficient, long life LED lighting.

The LED lighting needed to meet the required standards for pedestrian lighting, highways and major arterial roads, and energy efficiency gains of at least 40% over the existing lighting. Pivotal to the project was the provision of a smart controls system. This feature would provide the Council with the ability to control the lighting remotely and allow for dimming, scheduling, fault and network infrastructure monitoring. The City also wanted a solution that would provide the bandwidth, reliability, and partner ecosystem to allow them to expand into other smart city applications. It was also important that the solution be based on open standards, allowing the City to have their choice of vendors.

Installation on Ryde Road, one of Sydney’s busiest main roads, was the most challenging aspect of this instalment. A major arterial road surrounding the busy Top Ryde Shopping complex and transport hub, restricted change-over to low shopper and commuter traffic hours.

The solution

Working with Silver Spring Networks, a global leader in networking and IT solutions for critical infrastructure, Sylvania Connected Solutions created a contemporary lighting network that incorporated 68 LED luminaires, each with a radio frequency control node.

Working with Silver Spring Networks, a global leader in networking and IT solutions for critical infrastructure, Sylvania Connected Solutions created a contemporary lighting network that incorporated 68 LED luminaires, each with a radio frequency control node.

These assets can be remotely managed through real time control, alerting the status of the light, and scheduling management to allow for advanced dimming schemes. Additional sensors, such as traffic cameras or environmental sensors, can be connected, allowing the City to tie various sources of data together when making decisions. To further future-proof the installation, each luminaire is controlled remotely, via a leading edge wireless access point, that is able to service 5000 luminaries within a ten-kilometre radius, thus enabling capabilities to service several of the town centres for later stages.

The contemporary design of the luminaire, its highly efficient performance and functionality ensured that the luminaire met all the urban design, energy efficiency and asset management criteria of the Council.

The adoption of the outdoor lighting control system is one of the first in NSW, which delivers a world class Smart City technology platform. Additional features can be added in the future such as; motion, light and rain sensors, with the potential to also trigger external devices such as VMS and emergency response alarms. This was also one of the first installations in public lighting to claim the NSW Energy Saving certificates.

Exceeding the council requirements, Sylvania Connected Solutions was able to achieve more than a 50% reduction in energy converting the conventional metal halide luminaires to networked LEDs. As part of its plan to modernise the city’s infrastructure, the council are scheduled to convert 50 lights per annum to LED.

“The outdoor lighting control system is imperative to our Council’s vision of creating a liveable, smart city environment. We envisage City of Ryde as being an early adopter in this space and we’ve invested in and implemented the new lighting to allow our council to take advantage of the latest technologies to achieve efficiency and cost savings.”

Street Infrastructure Engineer – Asset Systems, City of Ryde.

For the future

This project has set the path for the future and Sylvania Connected Solutions was able to support the Council in achieving its vision. We took a very transparent and collaborative approach with this project.

The installation of this new lighting system ensures long-term maintenance savings due to long life LED luminaires whilst maintaining lighting standards. The installation is further enhanced via the outdoor lighting control system which provides the Council with transparency of asset performance, flexibility to optimise lighting, better decision-making ability and the overall capacity by Council to provide residents with quality infrastructure services. The new system delivers the ability to provide cost savings through lower operational expenses and energy consumption and the flexibility to scale the installation as necessary to meet the needs of this ever growing ‘city of innovation’.