The Government of Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority (PTA) is responsible for the operation, management, and maintenance of all urban heavy rail, bus, and ferry infrastructure in Perth, Western Australia. Committed to providing the safest, most efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective service possible for more than 140 million passengers annually, PTA has pursued technical innovation to improve lighting management. In an Australian first, PTA has selected Echelon’s powerline technology to power its network-wide lighting asset management and control program.
In 2009, PTA began a trial of an Echelon-powered “Zoneworks” emergency lighting and exit sign monitoring system, manufactured by Clevertronics, that provides real-time monitoring and automated compliance for its life-safety lighting. Now this program is being rolled out in throughout PTA’s region, with several thousand points now under centralized management.
Following the success of the emergency lighting program, PTA approached LVX Group, an Echelon Solutions Partner and Lighting Engineered Solutions Company, to develop a similar asset management strategy for its general lighting. After successful trials on selected sites, PTA adopted LVX Group’s engineered solution in early 2013. Incorporating Echelon’s CPD3000 Outdoor Lighting Controller (OLC) and SmartServer 2.0 Controller, the solution was designed, developed, and installed by LVX Group as a part of its “Fit & Forget” Lighting Asset Management Program.
The Echelon-powered solution enhances efficiency, compliance, and costs for both reactive and preventive maintenance as well as capital projects. Improvements in LED warranty accountability alone are expected to save millions of dollar per year, because the monitoring system enabled by the Echelon-powered solution can determine promptly if LED lamps have failed inside the manufacturer’s warranty period. In addition, luminaires can be programmed to save energy; parking lot and platform lights can be dimmed at times when no traffic is expected; and the lighting system alerts maintenance personnel to the exact locations of failed lamps, saving time and money while optimizing safety.
The PTA is in the process of implementing Echelon technology to upgrade its transit platforms, service and stowage yards, tunnels, and parking lot lights to controllable, monitored LED lighting.
You might also like:
- Echelon’s SmartServer 2.0 Controller web page
- Echelon CPD3000 Outdoor Lighting Controller (OLC) datasheet
- Government of Western Australia - Public Transport Authority website
- LVX Group’s Fit & Forget Lighting Asset Management website