TCS creates a new solution that promises to cut street lighting cost by half


India’s largest software exporter TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) has claimed that it has created a solution that will reduced the cost for expensive LED lights by half as energy consumption will be less.

The Tata group company said in a statement that the software, which comes with a greater thrust on Smart Cities, using self-learning algorithms it cuts energy consumption and will reduce the typical 4 to 5 year payback on the lights to just 2 to 3 years.

The intelligent urban exchange (IUX) for adaptive streetlight optimization will enable cities to initiate smart city projects in other domains also, such as water and transportation, by utilizing smart streetlight wide area networks & a common data analytics platform, it said.

Seeta Hariharan, general manager and group head of TCS; Digital Software Solutions group said, “Like the dawn of the Internet, we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible when cities intelligently connect scores of new urban data sources,”

According to the statement the streetlights account for around half of a city’s energy consumption budget and claimed company’s solution which is designed for LED and conventional lighting both, acts as a “energy advisor” for policymakers.

The software can deliver an extra 15-25% savings on top of the 50% energy savings from LED lighting by optimizing streetlight operation utilizing machine learning and predictive analytics on the real-time and historic data.

It also said that it enables individual streetlights to react to real-time events by automatically adjusting city lighting to go with the changes in crime patterns, people movement, traffic and weather.

It referred to the example of a crime scene or an accident, which would require higher luminosity lighting as more people assemble and added that the solutions helps deliver that.

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Himani Sharma, From ITvoir News Desk