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Challenge / Goal

Aberdeen has invested in a £9.7 million seven-year rolling programme of replacing the old inefficient and expensive street lighting with more efficient and cost-effective LED lighting. There will also be a corresponding LoRaWAN network and lighting configuration management system (CMS). This new city-wide IoT network will also allow the Council to deploy a number of smart city solutions across the city in the future. Energy costs for street lighting as of December 2015 were £2m per year which is estimated to fall to £1.1m per year after all the street lighting has been replaced with LED lanterns. In addition to saving money, LED lighting gives out bright, clear light which is easier to the human eye, provides improved safety for pedestrains and clearer pictures for CCTV footage, compared to the older orange sodium lights. 


This project is a key part of Aberdeen's digital transformation and through the new city-wide intelligent network provides a third layer of connectivity that will allow Aberdeen City Council to efficiently deploy a variety of Smart City solutions across the city. The project received funding the European Regional Development Fund programme 'Scotland's 8th City- the Smart City' which is an ambitious programme of collaborative innovation across Scotland's cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling.  The company installing the intelligent lighting system is specialist smart solutions firm Pinacl. 


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Time period

Planning time: 6 months to 1 year

Implementation time: More than 5 years


Aberdeen City Council

Service providers

Aberdeen City Council

End users

Citizens and visitors

    Main benefits

  • Reducing energy bills

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