Katherine Town Council has begun a trial of a city wide smart lighting control system that it hopes will enable a cost recovery model based on actual use rather than a fixed cost per quarter for each street light. ┬áThe Council has begun replacing all of the township’s streetlights with 855 smart LED lighting fixtures.

This system will incorporate advanced real time power monitoring and lighting controls with the ability to also monitor and control its solar lighting assets deployed in the parkland areas into one central management system. This is deployed in a 3G-4G highly secure cloud based solution developed by Green Frog Systems in Adelaide and its technology partner Cimcon lighting from the USA.

What makes this system unique is that each light reports back its actual power consumption in real time enabling Council to identify actual power usage instantaneously or use its in-built historical reporting based on billing cycles from its electricity retailer.