Westminster City Council has approved a plan to replace all its 14,000 street lights with smart iPad controllable lights over four years, reports West London Today.
For the first time in the UK a system is electronically monitoring lights and infrastructure – if a bulb needs changing or a wire is broken the system will be able to detect it so an engineer can be dispatched. The system even has the ability to predict when a lamp is likely to fail.
It also carries a function for brightness levels to be lowered or raised at the touch of a button, even from an engineer standing under the lamp column with an iPad and a corresponding application.
The roll out will initially cost £3.25m which will be recouped through energy and maintenance savings within seven years. From 2015/2016 forward the system will save the city £420,000 a year.
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