You are here: Home » Publications » Lighting » Lighting News

Local and global perspectives in public lighting

30 Jun 2019

 An aerial view from Johnstone Park looking at back at City Hall and Geelong Library during the annual White Night festival, a celebration of the city after dark.  Photo supplied by City of Greater Geelong.

Above: An aerial view from Johnstone Park looking at back at City Hall and Geelong Library during the annual White Night festival, a celebration of the city after dark.  Photo supplied by City of Greater Geelong.

 

With public lighting undergoing a transformation in Australia and overseas, Lighting magazine caught up with two experts, one local, the other global, to discuss case studies, opportunities and future trends happening in the space.

Brendan Lloyd has worked for The City of Greater Geelong for over 30 years and overseen public lighting for the municipality for 20 years. His role is diverse, covering both unmetered and metered lighting systems as well as the maintenance and upgrade of Greater Geelong Council's CCTV systems and safety initiatives. Most recently, he has overseen the installation of one of Australia's first integrated smart lighting systems.

What are some of the new technologies and approaches being used in public lighting?

The main change that local government authorities must adapt to is the fact that light fittings are no longer just light fittings. They have many other uses such as collecting data, providing WIFI and enabling the use of apps. 

Local government has much to gain from the evolution of smart technology. Although, l am like other council officers in similar roles in that we are having trouble keeping up with the speed of change. It is hard to know what technology to implement, and when, due to the risk of it being quickly outdated. 

Can you talk about your work installing the Greater Geelong's integrated smart lighting system?

The main reason behind the installation was to complement a Federal Government funded CCTV system along the same street. The technical side of the project was quite straight forward, but what l found surprising, albeit in a positive way, was the breadth of data we are now able to capture and how easy it has been to replicate the system at other locations due to the IoT network.

The data we're collecting includes the date and time patrons visit the area, their age, and their nationality, which is useful from a tourism perspective. Another benefit has been working with the local traders' group and watching how the technology can help them manage their business operating hours. Our ability to provide free WIFI has also attracted many more people to the precinct.

 

CLICK HERE to read the full article




<< Back

Lighting Products Showcase

Specialised Search Architectural Lighting
Commercial Lighting
LED Lighting
Electrical Component
Domestic Lighting

Newswire

Newswire Signup