North Wales tech firm wins smart lighting contract

North Wales-based tech company Pinacl has been selected by Aberdeen City Council to provide its intelligent street lighting solutions.

Headquartered in St Asaph, the firm has won a contract to deliver 3500 lighting controllers as well as a corresponding LoRaWAN network and lighting Configuration Management System (CMS).

The move comes as Aberdeen is looking to make savings on its annual street lighting energy consumption and costs while increasing operational and maintenance efficiencies.

Pinacl has designed a “quick to install” system that will allow the council to intelligently control, dim and monitor light levels through a secure cloud-based CMS.

Alasdair Rettie, technical director at Pinacl, said: “We are delighted to be working with Aberdeen to help them achieve their Smart City vision.

“This IoT project lets us build on our relationship with the Council which began with the design and installation of a city wide public WiFi network and the expansion of the Councils fibre network.

“The new city-wide IoT network provides a third layer of connectivity that will allow Aberdeen City council to efficiently deploy a variety of Smart City Solutions across the city.”

Over the next few years, Aberdeen will invest £9.7 million to replace old street lighting with more efficient and cost-effective LED alternatives.

Since December 2015, the council has spent roughly £2 million per year on lighting. However, when it adopts LED, the cost could fall to less than £800,000 annually.

Councillor John Wheeler, of Aberdeen City Council, said: “We are at the forefront of transforming the digital infrastructure in Aberdeen which will bring benefits not only to the council through savings, but also to residents by being smarter about getting our lights repaired.”