New smart city technology is being installed in Slough to help look after the town’s street lighting and drains.
Technology companies Mayflower Smart Control and InTouch Ltd have teamed up to provide a network of sensors and a digital dashboard to Slough Borough Council.
The smart city dashboard gives the council a full overview of controllable street lighting and a proactive drain management system, Mayflower Smart Control said.
The deployment follows an initial trial in March 2019 to validate the two Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in a live site location. Slough Borough Council has now confirmed the next phase of the trial, with a further 20 sensor projects to be installed across the town in June 2019.
Mayflower Smart Control has provided the Central Management System (CMS) which controls and monitors the town’s lighting network, managing the LED street lighting output, dimming profiles, switching regimes and back office reporting to record and report energy expenditure. The CMS was deployed as part of the council’s LED upgrade programme.
InTouch’s SmartWater solution – which has been integrated into the Mayflower CMS network – allows the council to take a data-driven approach to gully management, using IoT sensors and predictive analytics to provide detailed information so that highway operators can proactively tackle road surface flooding.
Previously, gully management in Slough involved a manual inventory rota check using a paper-based system, with instructions given to each gully team to unblock drains that have been reported to the council.
Welcoming the partnership with Mayflower and Slough Borough Council, InTouch managing director John Walden said: “There is a vast amount of potential for IoT sensors and wireless networks to revolutionise how local authorities monitor assets and the environment with real-time live updates enabling them to respond accordingly.”