20 March 2017:
SLP partnered with IPWEA to run the 3rd International Street Lighting + Smart Controls Conference in Brisbane last week, attracting about 250 delegates from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
‘Outstanding’, ‘excellent’, ‘one of the best’ were some of the words used to describe the conference, which built on IPWEA’s groundbreaking Street Lighting and Smart Controls (SLSC) Programme Roadmap to provide attendees with the tools to fast track a rollout of LED street lights and smart controls.
International speakers came from as far as the US, the UK, Germany, France, Asia and Norway to provide ‘real world’ insights on the transition to LED street lighting and smart controls.
City of Los Angeles’ Ed Ebrahimian emphasised the need for a common vision at all levels of government, while Scotty Hutto from Georgia Power said the release of SLSC Programme Roadmap had given Australia an unprecedented advantage.
“Y’all have been given a gift that neither I or Ed had when we started this journey,” he said. “The groundwork has been laid, you have champions that have a burning desire and you’ve laid out an actual Roadmap.”
An initiative of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA), and lead-authored by NZ specialist consultancy Strategic Lighting Partners, the Street Lighting and Smart Controls (SLSC) Programme Roadmap makes 12 recommendations to fast-track Australia’s changeover to LED street lighting.
IPWEA CEO Robert Fuller thanked all the conference sponsors, including Silver Spring Networks, Philips and Telensa, as well as the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy, and the E3 Program, for supporting the event.