Mayflower Smart Control joins LoRa Alliance

Mayflower Smart Control is proud to announce that it has joined the LoRa Alliance®, a non-profit association with more than 500 members across the globe, as an Adopter member.

The LoRa Alliance is committed to enabling large scale deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) IoT through the development and promotion of the LoRaWAN® open standard.

By joining the LoRa Alliance, Mayflower Smart Control has further strengthened its position within the LPWA (low power wide area) technology space. Membership will enable Mayflower to engage with a range of important stakeholders, and provide valuable insights into the technology, market conditions, industry standards, and use-cases.

LoRa Alliance members collaborate closely and share experiences to promote and drive the success of the LoRaWAN protocol as the leading open global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWAN connectivity.

Patrick Mitchell, Head of Mayflower Smart Control, commented: “Joining the LoRa Alliance positions Mayflower as a globally-recognised player in the world of interoperability. Our membership enables us to participate in a number of different events as well as providing access to the LoRaWAN Certification Test Tool for our products. We are very much looking forward to actively engaging with a number of working groups to help shape the future of IoT.”

LoRaWAN supports low-cost, mobile, and secure two-way communication for Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), smart city and industrial applications. Through standardization and the accredited certification scheme, the LoRa Alliance delivers the interoperability needed for LPWA networks to scale.

To date, the LoRaWAN standard has been deployed by nearly 150 major mobile network operators globally, with connectivity available in more than 160 countries.

Donna Moore, CEO of the LoRa Alliance, added: “It is fantastic to welcome Mayflower Smart Control into the LoRa Alliance and to bring their knowledge of the lighting control market into our working groups. We look forward to learning from them and supporting them as they certify their devices and bring LoRaWAN solutions to market for smart city and other applications.”

LoRa Alliance® and LoRaWAN® are marks used under license from the LoRa Alliance®.

A decade of financial savings and carbon reduction for Hampshire County Council

10 years into the South Coast Street Lighting PFI, Hampshire County Council have reduced their energy expenditure by more than half

The South Coast Street Lighting Private Finance Initiative (PFI) is a unique 25-year partnership between Hampshire County Council (HCC), Southampton City Council and West Sussex County Council. The PFI provides each council with a means to upgrade and maintain a range of street lighting assets, including illuminated signs and bollards.

During the planning phase of the project, the South Coast PFI identified two main objectives:

  1. Improve lighting standards to reduce crime and accidents
  2. Reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions

Following competitive OJEU procedure, the contract was awarded to Tay Valley Lighting Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SSE, with SSE Enterprise Contracting named as the Operating Sub Contractor.

Upgrading assets in Hampshire

From April 2010 to April 2015, HCC saw 146,418 Hampshire-managed streetlights, plus 10,195 3rd party units upgraded from traditional SON, Cosmopolis and compact fluorescent lanterns to energy-efficient luminaire’s complete with electronic control gear installed by SSE Enterprise Contracting.

The Hampshire PFI specified more than just the replacement of lighting assets, with a remote monitoring and management system identified as an integral part of the Capital Investment Programme. This would provide Hampshire County Council with a future-proofed solution which supports future smart city and IoT developments.

Mayflower Smart Control is a trading name of SSE Contracting Ltd, operating and supporting the Mayflower Central Management System (CMS). The Mayflower CMS provides clients with the ability to remotely monitor, control, switch and amend light source output from lighting assets through the Mayflower Lighting Network. Using a Zigbee mesh communication protocol, the lighting network also provides an infrastructure that compliments future smart city deployments.

A key driver of change for HCC was the public’s perception of reduced crime levels, fear of crime and improved safety for all night time road users. A live trial enabled lead engineers from Hampshire County Council to assess the impacts of percentage dimming on Hampshire stakeholders. Results of the dimming trial resulted in HCC outlining a dimming strategy of 25% dimming from dusk to midnight, a further 25% dimming between midnight and 5am, before returning to 25% dimming from 5am to dawn, at which point the lights will switch off.

As well as enabling dimming at specific times, Mayflower CMS helps with the effective maintenance of lighting assets through reduced call outs and the ability to report the performance of each individual street light. Mayflower’s technology allows the client to activate remote and total lighting output flexibility through remote control capabilities to maximise both energy and financial savings.

Project success

Following the successful replacement of c.150,000 traditional lanterns during the Core Investment Period, energy savings soon became apparent in 2013, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Hampshire County Council Annual Energy Consumption Levels

The first decade of the South Coast Street Lighting PFI has seen Hampshire County Council reduce their annual street lighting energy expenditure by 57.6%, saving 27,503,572 kWh per year – the equivalent of powering almost 7,500 homes.

In addition to substantial energy savings, the PFI has also reduced light pollution and the carbon footprint of Hampshire County Council, realising Carbon Tax savings of around £200,000 per year. These savings provide a positive contribution toward the Council’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, in line with national targets.

The installation of Mayflower CMS and its smart lighting network also provides Hampshire with the opportunity to further enhance energy savings by reducing light output levels of streetlights. The Mayflower Lighting Network will assist in enabling Hampshire to integrate smart sensors and devices as smart city and IoT technology progresses, with road surface temperature sensors, air quality monitoring devices and weather stations installed on the network to date.

Patrick Mitchell, Head of Mayflower, commented: “The South Coast PFI is Mayflower’s and the UK’s largest single smart lighting network, and we are delighted that Hampshire County Council continue to significantly reduce energy expenditure over recent years whilst significantly contributing to carbon neutrality targets. The Mayflower team actively support and collaborate with the South Coast PFI management teams and continue discussions around further smart city technologies and how these can assist environmental conditions and service efficiencies.”

Queens Park is lit green to celebrate parks in the city with a Green Flag Award

Southampton City Council lights Queens Park green to show support for high quality green spaces and the fantastic staff and volunteers that maintain them. It was also to celebrate receiving the prestigious Green Flag Award for three of its city parks; Central Parks, St James’s Park and Riverside Park.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.

On Wednesday 14th October, Queens Park joined buildings and landmarks across the country, including the White Cliffs of Dover at Samphire Hoe, the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Salford’s Media City, by going green for parks to celebrate Southampton’s Green Flag Award success and to say a thank you to the parks staff, volunteers and the Green Flag Award Judges for all their work this year.

Southampton City Council chose to light Queens Park green, as it is the first park in the city to benefit from colour-changing LED street lights. The smart lighting was designed as part of the Street Lighting Private Finance Initiative (SLPFI), a collaboration between Southampton City Council and Tay Valley Lighting with services delivered by SSE Enterprise Contracting. The colour changing functionality is provided by Mayflower CMS, a smart lighting system that uses remote control capability to change output colours between a selection of 16 colour choices, as specified by the Council.

Councillor Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City & Place comments: “We’re proud to be lighting Queens Park green to celebrate our high-quality green spaces and the fantastic staff and volunteers that maintain them. Our parks and open spaces are essential to creating a cleaner, greener, healthier city and in a year where having quality green spaces on our doorstep has been more important than ever, it’s great that our Central parks, Riverside Park and James’s Park have been awarded this fantastic accolade.”

Simon Bushell, Lighting Design Manager at SSE Enterprise Contracting said: “By using the LED lighting, Southampton City Council are able to alter the look and feel of Queens Park’s lighting throughout the year, choosing from a range of 16 colours across the RGB spectrum to create many different visual effects. The contemporary scheme will encourage more people to visit the park to see the changing lights and enhances the welcoming feel of the park and its landscape.”

The SLPFI partnership focuses on maintaining and operating lights in the city to a very high standard whilst looking at future innovation and technology.  Recently, the iconic Bargate Monument, a Grade 1 listed medieval gatehouse had new smart lighting installed. The architectural lighting was replaced with a bespoke LED solution to efficiently enhance the characteristics of the castle.

For more information about the Street Lighting Private Finance Initiative, visit   http://www.southampton.gov.uk/roads-parking/road-maintenance/street-lighting-sse.aspx

Smart Slough comes to life through SSE Enterprise’s new Smart City IoT platform

Slough Borough Council has become the first UK local authority to utilise SSE Enterprise’s new Mayflower Smart Cities and Places platform.

By exploiting Slough Borough Council’s existing Mayflower Smart Control smart lighting network, the local authority will be able to consolidate sensor and device data into a single platform. Data from smart sensors and devices installed across the Slough borough will be integrated through a range of communication protocols.

Mayflower Smart Cities and Places allows Slough Borough Council to view data at varying levels of detail through customisable drill-down dashboards, whilst providing the opportunity for data sharing with third parties through multiple export formats. This will enable app developers to create bespoke solutions for localised challenges, such as flood risks and winter gritting routes, which can be accessed directly through the platform’s App Hub.

Existing smart devices such as weather stations and air quality sensors are already reporting data into the Mayflower Smart Cities and Places platform. Slough Borough Council has plans to extend this in the coming months to include devices such as road surface temperature sensors and environmental sensors. This will include ecological data from Slough Borough Council’s Urban Forest project, a pilot designed to improve quality of life for residents whilst reducing carbon emissions. In addition, Mayflower are developing monitoring of traffic and people technology to help inform local authority services.

Analytic capabilities will form part of Mayflower Smart Cities and Places, providing insight and information on key performance indicators to support informed decision making and policy formation. By consolidating and analysing environmental data, Slough Borough Council will soon be able to identify key areas to address in their Low Emission Strategy as they strive towards net zero by 2050.

Cllr Rob Anderson, Cabinet Member for Transport & Environmental Services, added: “We are keen to work with SSE Enterprise to determine how best to deploy this platform to support our Smart Slough initiatives. This will prove invaluable in helping to manage the quality of our local environment and taking active steps toward achieving Net Zero.”

Niall Riddell, Smart Systems Innovation Sector Director, SSE Enterprise, said “We are delighted to have provided our Mayflower Smart Cities and Places platform to Slough Borough Council who are a true pioneer in the smart cities space.

“This is an important step in our ability to deliver powerful IoT platform tools to enable digital solutions for our customers and enable them to better understand their cities and experiences. We look forward to working with Slough Borough Council to further enhance this solution.”

The benefits of lockdown: paving the way to Net Zero

On Monday 23 March 2020, the UK entered into a period of lockdown and restriction in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus; with Ireland also implementing a full lockdown some 4 days later. 2 months on, it is now possible to analyse the impact of measures implemented by the UK and Irish Governments and highlight the benefits of what has been achieved in such a short timeframe. Images from across the world have been shared online to illustrate the environmental impacts that lockdown has achieved thus far, such as clearer canals in Venice and reduced smog in India.

Both Ireland and the UK have also realised the environmental benefits of lockdown, namely lower levels of air pollution in both urban and rural areas. Mayflower Smart Cities and Places is a smart city platform, designed by SSE Enterprise, that enables local authorities to monitor a range of variables through the integration of IoT sensors, applications and devices. Integrated smart devices include air quality sensors, weather stations, noise monitors and gully sensors, which can be connected through a variety of communication channels including cellular, LoRaWAN and Zigbee.

In Dublin and Southampton, smart sensors and devices are connected to the Mayflower lighting network using Zigbee, a wireless communication protocol, with data transferred from lighting network to the cloud using cellular communications. Mayflower Smart Cities and Places provides data visualisation and analytics at a variety of levels through its customisable drill-down dashboards.

Following the analysis of air quality monitoring data reported in Southampton and Dublin, SSE Enterprise have noted a consistent improvement in air pollution levels during the lockdown period. During the first month of lockdown, both Carbon Monoxide and noise levels have reduced, which can be attributed to reduced volumes of traffic flow, resulting from travel restrictions implemented by the UK and Irish governments.

Understanding the analysis

The predominant variable for the following air quality analysis is Carbon Monoxide. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odourless and colourless gas that is often a direct result of vehicle emissions and industrial activities, and in high volumes can be dangerous for both humans and wildlife. The natural concentration level of CO is approximately 0.2 parts per million (ppm). It is estimated that road transport is responsible for almost 90% of all carbon monoxide emissions in the UK (LondonAir, 2020).

Another variable used for air quality monitoring and reporting is Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These are released into the air mostly during manufacture or use of everyday products and materials and are of concern as both indoor and outdoor air pollutants. In the outdoor environment, the main concern with VOCs is their role in the formation of ozone, a constituent of photochemical smog. Ozone can be harmful to health, particularly in children, the elderly, and people of all ages who have cardiovascular problems such as asthma or COPD. Ground level ozone can also have harmful effects on sensitive vegetation and ecosystems.

However, environmental pollution cannot solely be determined solely by air quality, as other pollutants must be considered when analysing the external environment, such as noise levels. LAeq is the A-weighted, equivalent continuous sound level in decibels measured over a stated period of time (T) and is easier to read on a display compared with instantaneous sound levels. This data is reported every 10 – 15 minutes in Dublin and provides an insight into the level of traffic noise along the Chapelizod Bypass.

Southampton

Located on Brinton’s Road, the air quality monitoring device is positioned just 350m from Southampton Saints FC Stadium, a Premier League football ground subject to local traffic congestion on match days. The device may also be sensitive to Ocean Terminal cruise traffic and Southampton Airport traffic, both located within a 5-mile radius.

Lockdown restrictions were implemented by the UK Government on 23 March 2020, which included limiting travel to essential journeys only. CO levels during the first month of lockdown (period ending 24 April 2020) compared to the previous month when there were no restrictions (22 February – 22 March 2020) dropped by approximately 33%. During the same period, VOCs in Southampton dropped significantly by 73% compared with the previous month’s daily average level of VOCs.

The reduction of both VOCs and CO levels during this period contribute toward achieving the 4 key priorities outlined in Southampton City Council’s Clean Air Strategy (2019 – 2025): improve air quality in the city, supporting businesses and organisations, collaborating with communities and residents and promoting sustainability.

Dublin

The Government of Ireland began to implement lockdown restrictions on 12 March 2020, with the closure of all educational and cultural institutions. By Friday 27 March 2020 the country had entered full lockdown – advising those with health conditions to shield in the home, closing down businesses and amenities, and banning all but essential travel.

The air quality sensor in Dublin is located on Chapelizod Bypass, just 200m from the busy Heuston train station, one of the largest train stations in Ireland. Within 10 miles of the air quality sensor are both Dublin Airport and Dublin Port, which handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland. In the same vicinity is a noise sensor, reporting both background and environmental noise data.

CO levels reported by the Chapelizod Bypass air quality sensor dropped by approximately 16% during the first month of lockdown (period ending 27th April 2020) in comparison with the month previous (27th February – 27th March 2020).

During this same period, there was also a consistent reduction in noise levels (LA10, LA90, LAeq and LAF_MAX) as shown in Table 1. This results in an average reduction of 4.5 dB across the range of noise monitoring measurables. LAF_MAX shows a reduction of 7.45 decibels between March and April 2020, which results in perceived sound volume being 1.7 times quieter. The consistent reduction of noise levels can potentially be attributed to lower levels of traffic along the Chapelizod Bypass during the first month of lockdown.

Table 1: Changes to Dublin noise levels in dB as a result of lockdown

Variable db Change
LA10 -5
LA90 -4
LAeq -2
LAF_MAX -7


Life after lockdown

As Government restrictions begin to relax, the long-term environmental impacts of lockdown are difficult to determine. SSE Enterprise continue to monitor changes to environmental data sets through Mayflower Smart Cities and Places as lockdown restrictions are adjusted.

The findings above of reduced CO levels and VOCs, and consistently lower LA values can be attributed to lower traffic volumes in these areas throughout the lockdown period. These provide a positive contribution to the environmental policies and objectives of both Southampton City Council and Dublin City Council, and it is likely these results will be indicative of air quality improvements across the UK during this time.

In the immediate term, we can only hope that as the lockdown is lifted, the adjustments made to everyday life provide additional environmental benefit and further opportunities to form the basis of air pollution improvement strategies and environmental policies of local authorities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. This may result in a renewed focus on sustainable travel options such as encouraging Cycle2Work schemes and improving existing cycle paths to ensure the safety of commuters.

Prospective clients interested in learning more about Mayflower Smart Cities and Places and its capabilities are encouraged to contact SmartCities@sse.com for further information.

Significant energy savings for Stoke

By upgrading their lighting assets and installing Mayflower CMS, Stoke City Council are now saving almost £1 million in energy costs per year

During the past 2 years Stoke on Trent City Council have saved over 14 million kWh of energy, through a combination of an LED upgrade and CMS installation programme across the city. With thanks to installation contractor SSE Contracting, and CMS provider Mayflower Smart Control, the council have been able to maximise their energy efficiency and achieve savings of £985,701 per annum*

Reliable technology for over a decade

The relationship between SSE and Stoke on Trent City Council is longstanding, following the successful award of the Stoke PFI contract back in 2003. At this time, Patrick Mitchell, now Head of Mayflower, was the PFI Partnership Manager for Stoke City Council.

In 2005, Stoke on Trent City Council identified three city parks in which they could pilot the capabilities of the Mayflower CMS to improve safety and security for both residents and natural habitats alike. Handley, Burslem and Tunstall parks were all fitted with the then Mayflower cutting-edge technology which is a far cry from Mayflower’s current Node and Sub Master solution. The 315 Nodes installed across the parks enabled the CCTV Control Team to emergency override lighting profiles through a 3rd party interface.

IMG2Dimming capabilities

Working alongside SSE, Stoke on Trent City Council identified energy efficiency as an area of improvement for their existing SOX and SON lanterns, and requested a business case for conversion to LED lanterns complete with a Central Management System as a key requirement. Following analysis of the business case, it was determined that LED lanterns would be required to be dimmed by a minimum of 20% to achieve the required level of financial savings to progress with the LED upgrade scheme.

The dimming capabilities of Mayflower CMS were demonstrated through on-site evening trials in 2016 led by Mayflower Project Lead, Shawn Blunt and Technical Sales Manager, Steve Green. During the trial, the LED lanterns light output was reduced by 20%, 40% and 60% for comparative purposes. The results of the trial and the flexibility of the system secured the contractual agreement between Stoke on Trent City Council and SSE to incorporate Mayflower Smart Control as part of the wider LED solution across the city

Installation

The contract between Stoke on Trent City Council and SSE began in March 2017, spanning a 2-year installation period in which 28,862 street lights were fitted with the latest Mayflower technology.

The SSE Enterprise Street Lighting team based at the Stoke depot were responsible for the installation of Mayflower Nodes and Sub Masters, following on-site training by the Mayflower Project Lead. System operators were also trained in the Back Office system, enabling them to configure Nodes, view data and export lighting faults for rectification.

Shawn Blunt, Mayflower Field Engineer and Project Lead, commented: “The installation of our Mayflower CMS in Stoke was a very well organised and highly successful project. The scale and geographical nature of Stoke City required detailed planning for the co-ordination of both upgrading lanterns and installing CMS hardware simultaneously. It was a pleasure to work with SSE Enterprise and Stoke City Council throughout the installation process.”

The installation period of the Mayflower CMS concluded in March 2019 when the final Nodes were installed and connected successfully to the Back Office System.

IMG3Post-installation support

SSE currently carry out an Annual Replacement Programme for Stoke, whereby columns requiring update of lanterns or CMS devices are installed as and when required, until the end of the PFI contract.

Mayflower Smart Control provide a Service Level Agreement which includes technical support via telephone, email and when necessary, in-person review meetings.

The current SLA also permits Stoke on Trent City Council to make adjustments to lighting regimes which are actioned by the Mayflower Technical Support Team; this enables the council to respond to changes to lighting policy and variable lighting demands.

At present, 28,456 of the total 28,862 lighting units are dimmed by 25% from midnight until 5:30am or a natural light of 18 Lux is achieved. This provides additional scope for further energy and financial savings, should the council wish to implement step dimming throughout the night, either by switching units off or dimming by more than 25%.

Patrick Mitchell, Head of Mayflower, summarised the project success with: “To achieve savings of over 1 million kWh across the city of Stoke-on-Trent in just two years as a direct result of dimming and trimming lighting regimes, shows how effective and flexible our Mayflower CMS is. The development of our Smart City platform, Mayflower Smart Cities and Places, is nearing completion and we are looking forward to discussing how we can further assist Stoke Council in creating a smarter, greener and more efficient city.”

Sam Peacock, Operations Manager, Stoke on Trent PFI added: “From conception to completion SSE have received a 1st class service from Mayflower in regards to the delivery and roll out and support for the replacement of 28,862 LED Lighting units with Mayflower CMS Control system across the city.  This has seen a reduction in energy costs of £985,701 per annum for SSE’s client at Stoke on Trent City Council and the ability to trim lighting levels when traffic routes and footfall are lower throughout the night.

The Mayflower CMS system has the ability to produce real time reporting that allows SSE’s admin team to interrogate the system daily for a variety of situations including lighting outages, this enables SSE to respond more proactively and reduce the time taken to rectify lighting faults on site.”

*based on a unit rate of 12.956p per kWh

How smart streetlights can help social distancing

Prior to COVID-19, social distancing had only been implemented a handful of times, such as during SARS, Influenza and New York’s polio outbreak of 1916. Despite the enforcement challenges associated with social distancing, local authorities across the UK and Ireland are now using smart city technology in order to support the Government’s call for social distancing and stop the spread of Coronavirus.

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Mayflower Central Management System (CMS) is deployed across over 30 different local authority locations across the UK and Ireland, providing local government with a means to not only remotely control and monitor street lighting performance, but also the flexibility to support social distancing objectives through the modification of lighting regimes. Street lighting contributes toward the safety and security of many local communities and has the power to act as a deterrent for those not adhering to social distancing rules.

Using a Zigbee radio mesh network, Mayflower’s technical support team have recently modified lighting regimes for some clients whilst working remotely. Modifications to date have included the switching of lights from part night to dusk to dawn as a deterrent for anti-social behaviour, as well as turning lights off in public areas that are not currently in use in a bid to reduce unnecessary energy expenditure.

Patrick Mitchell, Head of Mayflower Smart Control, commented “the introduction of social distancing into our daily lives has been a challenge for everyone, in particular for local authorities and those responsible for policing highways and open spaces.

The dedicated team at Mayflower are pleased that the remote monitoring and control capabilities of our CMS has enabled a number of clients to support social distancing, by sufficiently illuminating areas with CCTV and reducing the outputs from street lighting assets in areas not currently in use. Flexibility is a fundamental element of the Mayflower solution and we will continue to support our clients in any way possible during these unusual times.”

Mayflower Smart Control are working with both local authorities and the emergency services to support and facilitate social distancing in both urban and rural areas. Any Mayflower CMS clients with an active Service Level Agreement in place are encouraged to contact support@mayflowercontrol.com should they wish to revise existing lighting regimes to better fit with current social distancing guidelines.

As part of the SSE group, Mayflower Smart Control have amended business operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All staff are now working from home with the exception of hardware dispatching, development and support activity. For support and enquiries please contact on the link above or telephone 0345 076 7664.

Further information on SSE’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is available here

COVID-19 Risk Management

Our Customers and Suppliers Matter To Us

To our clients, colleagues and partners,

As you will be aware, significant effort is currently being deployed across the UK in order to manage the increasing risk presented to us all by the spread of Coronavirus
(COVID-19).

At Mayflower Smart Control, the safety and wellbeing of our workforce, our customers and the community in which we work is paramount. During this period of uncertainty, please be assured we are closely following instruction issued through company and official Government channels.

We have implemented a number of measures to ensure this period of uncertainty results in minimal impact on our business operations:

  • All employees are now working from home until government advice permits returning to offices as normal
  • Holding weekly Skype team meetings to ensure all colleagues are receiving required support to maintain mental and physical well-being
  • Routine health checks for existing clients have been suspended, with site visits limited to emergencies only
  • Dispatching of hardware will only take place on Mondays to minimise unnecessary visits to the depot
  • SSE have established an internal emergency response structure in order to maintain our safety culture and ensure that Governmental instructions are followed

Despite the temporary measures in place, Mayflower Smart Control are committed to ensuring we continue to deliver business operations as normal through working in collaboration with clients and supply chain partners.

We will review our position in line with government guidance periodically and notify you of any further alterations to business operations. If you have any queries regarding our response to the Coronavirus outbreak, please contact your Mayflower representative via email, telephone, or Skype.

We continue the development of smarter cities, places and solutions despite the current challenges forced upon us.

This communication is for general purposes only and does not affect any contractual rights or obligations.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish good health to yourself, your colleagues and your family.

Kind regards and stay safe,
Patrick Mitchell

 

Further information on SSE’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is available here.

Smart technology lightens moods in Southampton’s Queens Park

Picture1Smart technology has the potential to lift all our spirits; lighting up the night. Nowhere is this truer than in Southampton.

With a vision to make the city a place residents are proud to call home and delight the many visitors passing through, the council came to SSE’s Lighting Design Team with a request for a unique installation.  A scheme to reinvigorate Queens Park; a small, historic park near Ocean Village and Southampton Docks.

SSE Enterprise, Mayflower Smart Control and INDO Lighting worked innovatively and collaboratively with the City Council to bring the vision to life by installing functional yet vibrant, multi-coloured street lighting using new, energy-saving LED luminaires.

Queens Park is one of several urban parks nestled in the city; adjacent to a recently regenerated area that has a vibrant night-time economy with plenty of passing pedestrian traffic. Lighting Design Manager for the project, Simon Bushell, worked with Mayflower Smart Control to determine the possibilities of a new concept for CMS controlled units – incorporating colour-changing functionality. Together with local lighting manufacturer, INDO Lighting, a specification was defined for the scheme which required RGB colour changing lanterns to interface seamlessly with Mayflower CMS.

INDO worked closely with Mayflower, to design a technically superior system that could change the colour outputs of individual lanterns reliably using DALI commands.

Picture2The contemporary scheme promotes increased use of the park and enhances the welcoming feel of the landscape. The Council team can alter the look and feel of the park’s lighting throughout the year, choosing from a range of 16 colours across the RGB spectrum to create many different visual effects.

Although a relatively small space, the dynamic lighting strategy has transformed this historic park, with its Grade II listed memorial of the famous Victorian soldier, General Gordon, into a prominent landmark. And it transitions perfectly into the nearby bustling Oxford Street.  Hotels and properties overlooking the leafy park, as well as passing foot traffic from Ocean Village, Town Quay and the Bowling Green, also enjoy the colourful new ambience; evidence of the city’s continued regeneration and modernisation.

Southampton City Council plans to integrate the flexible and playful illumination feature into future local events and memorial celebrations and is proving a great way to enhance the character and brand image of Southampton City.

“This fantastic local scheme shows the merits of the close working arrangement between the City Council and SSE as our PFI street lighting provider, with the bespoke lighting enhancements that can go well beyond just the lighting of our highways” commented Colin Perris, Service Manager – Highways Contracts for Southampton City Council.

In summarising the scheme, Simon Bushell said: “Managing such a unique project has been challenging, yet extremely rewarding. To go through such an innovative design process with three different companies illustrates just how strong the working relationship is between SSE Enterprise, Mayflower Smart Control and INDO Lighting. We are delighted with the completed installation in Southampton and look forward to designing similar external lighting schemes in the future.”

Smart streetlighting project in Lincolnshire nears completion

Pilot project aims to boost energy efficiency, generate cost savings, improve safety & reduce pollution

Scottish technology company arbnco has been selected as the delivery partner for a first-of-its-kind smart street lighting pilot in Lincolnshire, in partnership with South Kesteven District Council, which draws to a close this month. In addition to providing the highest quality LED street lighting, arbnco has deployed IoT technology to monitor air quality and footfall in the community during the trial.

The pilot will help the Council reduce its energy consumption, and support its ambition to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% before 2030. It is expected to deliver energy savings of at least 60%.

The project forms part of the IoT for Local Authorities programme run by Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre. The programme aims to help local authorities harness the potential of IoT by collaborating with start-up and scale-up technology companies.

Twelve street light heads have been installed for the pilot, which will collect data on their surroundings: four on a public footpath in Grantham; four at Stamford bus station; and four at Cattle Market car park in Stamford. They are fully integrated with smart technology, offering sensor control and dimming, with some of the lights also providing air quality and video monitoring.

Data collected by the lights is streamed in real time to a control dashboard via the cloud, allowing the Council to make informed data-led decisions, interventions and optimisation strategies.

The LED chips used in the light heads are more durable and efficient than the existing metal halide lamps across the district, and will generate a minimum of 60% reduction in energy cost for the Council during the trial period. They are also able to simulate natural daylight with a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 95, bringing a new level of safety to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

All twelve street lights are fitted with timing and dimming controls to reduce their energy consumption through the night. The lights along the footpath also have a built-in camera, allowing the dimming to be controlled via motion-detection. At night, these lights will be reduced from 70W to 5W to reduce wastage, and will brighten again when they detect movement. The video monitoring also enables the Council to monitor footfall and direction of travel along the path.

In addition to the enhanced controls, the lights at the bus station are also fitted with sensors to monitor air quality, helping the Council to reduce pollution levels. Sensors on the lights will monitor temperature, humidity, and pressure, as well as compounds that can be particularly harmful to humans, such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particulate matter. This will allow South Kesteven District Council to understand air quality in the area, how it might affect residents, and take measures to improve it.

South Kesteven Councillor Dr Peter Moseley, Cabinet Member for Commercial & Operations, said: “We are continually looking for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and save money and this is a great example of using the latest technologies to do both. IoT technology is playing an increasingly important role in local government, and offers the opportunity to remotely control and monitor the condition of equipment, and make the best use of resources.”

arbnco won the pilot contract after a competitive process which saw thirteen organisations pitch. Peter Karney, Head of Product Innovation at Digital Catapult, said: “South Kesteven District Council had a plan to roll out a new lighting system across the borough, and we have worked with them to consider what other sensors they could install as part of that, to make the network more intelligent. arbnco’s technology will provide a level of insight that was previously completely unattainable for the Council. On top of this, they have a proven record of delivery and will be able to deliver at scale, should the council decide to roll this smart lighting out across its network.”

arbnco is working with SSE Enterprise Contracting, and its subsidiary company Mayflower Smart Control, on the delivery of the pilot. They have installed Mayflower Central Management System (CMS) which will assist with maintenance and data reporting. By analysing the data that is fed from the streetlights into the CMS, arbnco will also be able to determine the length of the payback period for the Council, at which point the cost of installation would be covered by the resulting energy savings made.

Simon West, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at arbnco, said: “Today, IoT technology enables us to develop much more intelligent networks, which bring significant benefits for local authorities. This project is going to generate substantial energy savings, help to reduce night-time crime by ensuring the community is as well-lit as it can be, and enable the Council to monitor air quality, one of the biggest public health crises of our times. We’re looking forward to providing the Council with actionable insights, through gathering data that was previously inaccessible to them.”

arbnco’s smart lighting technology will also be installed in Digital Catapult’s HQ in London. It will be on display in the Catapult’s Future Networks Lab which showcases IoT technology, alongside international technology companies such as Siemens and IBM.

The pilot with South Kesteven District Council concludes at the end of February 2020. If successful, it could lead to the Council rolling out the smart street lighting across its network, totalling 3,600 lights.