By: Pune Pulse
October 30, 2023
Pune: Many residents have complained in recent weeks regarding the malfunctioning or non-functioning streetlights in various areas of Pune, including Viman Nagar, Airport Road, Apte Road, Satara Road, and Prabhat Road.
It is worthy to note that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) was acknowledged with a national award in 2016 for its implementation of a ‘smart LED street lighting system’ integrated with the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. The PMC invested ₹2 crores in this initiative.
In 2016, the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSDCL) replaced traditional streetlights with ‘smart LED streetlights’ to reduce electricity expenses. The integration of these streetlights with the SCADA system earned the PMC national-level recognition at the ‘Smart Cities India Awards 2018’.
According to the available information, as part of the smart street lighting initiative, more than 80,000 conventional streetlights were replaced with energy-efficient LED lights. Additionally, the manual-based feeder panels were upgraded to SCADA-based energy monitor and control panels. SCADA is an advanced control system architecture that uses computers, networked data communications, and graphical user interfaces for efficient process supervisory management.
The implementation of this system included the establishment of a central command system at Sinhagad Road, which facilitated the monitoring, control, and management of streetlights throughout the city.
The central command system offered several notable features, such as immediate fault notification, elimination of day burners, faster response to failures, reduced night maintenance inspections, and enhanced energy savings.