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Telensa teams with Thai LED maker LIGMAN on Asia-Pacific smart lighting deal

UK smart lighting firm Telensa and Thailand-based lighting manufacturer LIGMAN have struck a deal to combine their offers in the Asia Pacific market.

The pair will offer LED luminaires and wireless controls as a combined offer in the region. The deal – bringing intelligent control to energy efficient lighting – will enable cities to push forward with energy and carbon reduction.

Will Gibson, chief commercial officer at Telensa, said: “Cities across Asia Pacific are increasingly adopting wireless controls. Over the past couple of years Telensa has deployed smart street lighting in Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. Partnering with LIGMAN will satisfy the industry’s need for high-end luminaires and wireless controls in a market where true commitment is being shown to the promise of smart city technologies”.

Sakchai Manawongsakul, president and group chief executive at LIGMAN, commented: “We are pleased to be working with Telensa, the market leader in smart street lighting. Together we will be able to offer a turnkey smart solution to the benefit of cities across the region.”

Telensa signed a similar deal with Eaton Lighting in October to work together on connected LED lighting solutions and related smart city applications. They said they will “expand the implementation of integrated lighting, control and smart city solutions” in smart cities.

Meanwhile, the Cambridge firm has also been selected by Wiltshire County Council in the UK to connect a further 7,000 smart street lights in the county, extending an existing contract that covers 35,000 lights. The LED lights are being provided by Urbis Schréder.

The previous contract paid for itself in six years through reduced energy and maintenance costs, claimed Telensa. Wiltshire County Council has engaged UK contractor Ringway and UK consultant Atkins on a broader LED replacement programme.

The latest upgrade is due for completion in October 2021.

Peter Binley, head of service for highway asset management and commissioning at Wiltshire Council, commented: “The addition of Telensa controls has helped the Council to significantly reduce our energy costs, whilst at the same time improving our street lighting service.

“Extending our partnership to a total of 42,000 smart streetlights county-wide is an example of Wiltshire Council’s leadership in intelligent infrastructure to deliver a safer, smarter, and more efficient environment for its citizens.”

Gibson at Telensa said: “Rising energy prices and tightening budgets mean that it is more important than ever to be able to offer local authorities deployment-proven solutions. We’re delighted to expand our partnership with Wiltshire to deliver a more efficient street lighting system that will serve citizens’ needs for decades to come.”

Telensa has appointed Brent Hudson as chief executive, formerly of Travel Information Systems (QinetiQ), Tality and Sagentia Group. Hudson replaces Will Franks, who steps down due to ill health.

Martin McNair, chairman of Telensa, said: “Brent has significant public sector, utilities and IoT leadership experience, and has driven the development of several growth-stage Cambridge tech companies into large-scale enterprises.

“In particular, his extensive global experience in negotiating strategic deals, working with some of the world’s largest technology companies, makes Brent the perfect choice to lead Telensa. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Will for his hard work and dedicated service which has been instrumental in growing Telensa to become the category leader in the smart city market.”

Telensa claims a global footprint of 1.8 million streetlights controlled by its smart sensing technology, offered as part of its so-called PLANet system.

Over the past 12 months, it has announced deployments in Darwin and Palmerston in Australia, the City of Harrisburg in the US, and major UK including Wiltshire and Sandwell. It has also started its Urban Data Project, delivering artificial Intelligence insights to Cambridge.

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