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Opinions, think-pieces, articles and observations around smart cities and the future of urban living.

15 May 2024

Experience More Magical Moments with Telensa's Smart Street Lighting System

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, made a rare and spectacular appearance across the UK last Friday and Saturday, enchanting sky watchers nationwide. This event, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the extreme geomagnetic storm of 2003, brought vibrant auroras to areas far beyond their usual northern limits. Such breathtaking sights are becoming more frequent as we approach the solar maximum of the Sun's 11-year cycle, with increased sunspot activity leading to more intense auroras.

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30 April 2024

Telensa's Apprenticeship Program Spotlight: Meet Katie, Our Aspiring Radio Network Planner

Welcome to a glimpse into Telensa’s world, where apprentices like Katie are not just starting their careers but are also paving the way for innovative solutions in the tech industry. This year, Katie began her academic journey in Digital and Technology Solutions while actively contributing to our operations team.

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5 March 2024

Solidaridad's Smart Shift: Advanced Streetlighting control system for a Greener, Safer Community.

Customer Challenge

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15 February 2023

Energy efficiency is no longer a 'nice-to-have', but a 'can't-do-without'

Switching to LED lighting can have a major impact and the time to act is now

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15 February 2022

Community Service

This article was first published in the ILP's Lighting Journal. Offering CMS, or lighting control, as a managed service could be one way for local authorities to reconnect with their tenant businesses and smaller villages, as well as potentially providing valuable revenue in a challenging economic environment.

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21 June 2021

Ahead in the cloud

Smart lighting is making a huge difference to the energy budget of local authorities. Dr Jon Lewis sets out the next set of cloud-based applications which will have an equally positive impact on city operations. This article was first published in the ILP's Lighting Journal.

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6 May 2021

Locally responsive: a review of CMS in the past decade

This article was first published in the ILP's Lighting Journal. In the first of a two-part series about smart streetlights and CMS, David Orchard looks back over the past decade of CMS in the UK and what can be learnt from this about changing attitudes and adoption strategies by local authorities

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13 April 2021

Streetlight tariffs: the light at the end of the tunnel

With suitable utility tariffs those organisations doing the right thing by adopting greener streetlight technologies would be rewarded with lower energy bills.

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27 October 2020

Where have we got to in the Smart City maturity model?

We have all got a view of what the smart city of the future looks like, with integrated multi-modal transport, predictive intervention to issues before they occur and happy citizens satisfied with the way their local authorities use their taxes.

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27 May 2020

3 different approaches to metering streetlight energy consumption

Smart streetlights create numerous benefits: enabling users to audit progress in their switch to LED lighting, reduce energy usage, reduce carbon footprint, remotely diagnose faults, better maintenance efficiency and many more. The initial up-front cost of smart street lighting requires a rapid return-on-investment (ROI) to justify the capital expense. The good news is, smart streetlight ROI is fast if users are able to financially benefit from the energy reduction achieved using the enhanced dimming and trimming profiles that these systems provide.

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