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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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