Transport for London invests in lighting technology

16/01/2014
Highways Reporters

Harvard Engineering has secured a contract with Transport for London (TfL) to install a wireless monitoring and control system for street lighting across the capital’s busiest roads.

The solution, which is called LeafNut, will initially be deployed across 35,000 of TfL’s 52,000 street lights as part of a new energy efficient lighting programme.

The programme, which also includes the installation of a new LED lighting system, aims to reduce carbon emissions in the future by approximately 9,700 tonnes a year and contribute to energy cost savings of £1.85 million a year by the time the system is implemented in 2016. Energy consumption is also expected to be reduced by 40%, compared to current levels.

Installing LeafNut, which is fully designed, developed and manufactured at Harvard’s UK head office in Normanton, West Yorkshire, will allow TfL to remotely monitor and manage street lighting, as well as dynamically control lighting levels at different times of night. LeafNut will also remotely record lighting failures, enabling maintenance crews to ensure that lighting levels are restored without delay.

Dana Skelley, director of asset management at TfL, said: “The performance and cost effectiveness of energy efficient lighting has improved considerably over the last few years. Our aim is to provide assets fit for the future and this programme to upgrade lighting on the capital’s busiest roads is a simple yet hugely effective way to not only reduce carbon emissions, but to also reduce costs whilst providing better lighting of our road network.”

Russell Fletcher, sales and marketing director at Harvard Engineering, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract and are looking forward to supporting TfL to achieve the energy savings and to optimise their control of the streetlights on the main TfL routes throughout the city. For Harvard, it’s a further endorsement of LeafNut, as the preferred system in the UK street lighting market and builds on our demonstrable successes with local authorities across the UK.”

Picture caption: Rasib Khan, far left, James Quinn, fourth from the right, and Russell Fletcher, far right, from Harvard Engineering with the TfL team. From left to right: Darren Horobin, William Nash, Brian Richmond, Shaun Hamer, and Dave Johnson.

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