Ms Danielle DuMerer 🇺🇸
Chief Information Officer and Commissioner
Department of Innovation & Technology
City of Chicago, USA
“How the City of Chicago sees smart street lighting improving urban liveability”
The City of Chicago is undertaking one of the largest and most progressive all-of-city street lighting modernisation programs in the USA and will replace 270,000 outdated HPS luminaires with modern LED and CMS wireless controls and smart IoT devices, over a four year period, with completion in 2021.
Danielle DuMerer will present on how the City of Chicago has worked to improve the way residents and city infrastructure interact with government by creating more responsive and accessible digital services that enhance urban liveability. This will include the award winning “Array of Things” program which incorporates street lighting based real-time sensor measurement, control, data capture, and analysis resulting in action that makes a difference. This represents a model of real and tangible economic and social transformation in the 21st Century which requires big changes across a big city.
Danielle will explain the objectives of the project and the challenges that Chicago had to overcome with launch and implementation. This includes include very progressive holistic procurement techniques and the unique ESCO performance contract that is being delivered by the US Ameresco company. As application of smart lighting with IoT services at very large scale is an area so new internationally, there are many important learning points that will be applicable to other like-minded cities.
Danielle is Chief Information Officer (CIO) & Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Innovation & Technology, where she works to improve how residents interact with government by creating more responsive and accessible digital services. Danielle reports directly to the Mayor of Chicago – who runs the fifth most populous city in the USA – and brings over ten years’ experience in public service information technology. She has previously served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) which involved leading data, digital inclusion, and other strategic initiatives. In 2018 & 2019 Chicago won Smart 50 Awards for its “Array of Things” program and its “Lead Safe” software application. Chicago was also recently recognized with a “global Smart21 Community Award” by the Intelligent Communities Forum which “represent models of economic and social transformation in the 21st Century”.
Danielle holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Mr Harry Verhaar 🇳🇱
Head of Global Public and Government Affairs
Signify (formerly Philips Lighting)
“Lighting up the pathway to smart liveable cities”
More information coming soon…
Harry Verhaar is Head of Global Public and Government Affairs for Signify – previously known as Phillips Lighting. He is responsible for strategy and stakeholder management on energy and climate change, resource efficiency and sustainable development in the LED lighting revolution.
He is a member of many stakeholder networks, including the Climate Group, Regions20, the World Green Building Council, the World Council on City Data, the UNESCO International Day of Light, and the UN Environment Science Business Policy Forum. He is responsible for relationship management with the UN, the World Bank and is a founding member of the UN en.lighten program, and the Sustainable Energy 4All Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator. He is chairman of the European Alliance to Save Energy and is president of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.
Harry holds a MSc degree in Solid State Lighting and is recipient of the UN Leader of Change Award, the Carbon War Room Gigaton award, and the Energy Efficiency Visionary Award from the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington DC.
Ms Nancy Clanton 🇺🇸
Clanton and Associates
“Smart Cities and income from telcos – Nirvana or reality?”
This presentation is focused on current experience in Colorado USA, where new regulations are mandating that cities grant right-of-way permits for telecommunication small cell mobile phone transmission equipment. This is putting the municipalities in a panic on how to keep control of the number of small cell poles, and are exploring the possibilities of integration with street lighting poles.
Nancy will compare the promises of the pitch by telco service providers to municipalities, with the reality as experienced by the municipalities. Above ground infrastructure issues will be addressed such as equal rights for carriers, aesthetics, quantities, locations and open protocols. Below ground issues will encompass existing underground infrastructure, multiple digs, power availability and if new electrical infrastructure is required, and the fact that in some jurisdictions each telco carrier must have separate power metering.
Nancy will show how municipalities can take control of the “promise” by telcos, the 5G reality and how to secure future income and benefits. This will comprise a brief comparison of business models and will evaluate future proofing opportunities. Using the City of Denver Colorado as a case study Nancy will analyse the economics of the cost to the municipality to have the DNSP own and maintain the streetlighting assets or undertake a municipal asset buy-back and separation. Under the latter model Denver is seeing return in investment paybacks of between 4 and 8 years. The conclusions will provide tangible guidance what to do, and what not to do.
Nancy Clanton is CEO of Clanton & Associates, a lighting design firm specialising in sustainable and regenerative design. Nancy is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the National Academy of Science committee on the assessment of solid state lighting.
Nancy is International Standards Organization (ISO) USA delegate and received the 2018 Edison Report Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 ACEC Colorado Outstanding Woman Engineer Award and the International Clean Design Award. She is a member of the Well Building Light advisory group, has served on the US Green Building Council LEED Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, was lighting group leader for Greening of the White House, led the lighting workshops for the C40 Cities conference in Seoul, and was twice awarded the IES Presidential Award.
Mr Olli Markkanen 🇫🇮
Head of Unit, Municipal Engineering
City of Helsinki, Finland
“Helsinki outdoor lighting and the Kruunuvuori case with colour adaptive road lighting – with live demonstration”
Believed to be the first project of its kind in the world, colour temperature changing ‘Human-Centric Lighting’ luminaires and controls have been installed in the fast growing city of Helsinki, Finland.
The trial installation on a road to a large new residential development allows for different colour temperatures to suit the time of day and to match human circadian rhythms. In the evening the lighting plan calls for reduced blue light and a warm appearance. In the mornings when people are going to work, the plan requires a higher blue light component to replicate a blue morning sky, to help control the melatonin hormone and increase road users’ wakefulness.
With a population of about 1.2 million, Helsinki is one of the world’s northernmost cities. In winter the city enjoys daylight from only about 10am until 2pm. The presentation will explain details of the reasoning for this approach, some of the technical difficulties encountered and the results of the final installation.
Olli Markkanen will present on a world-leading project he has managed for Helsinki, Finland, to change the colour of street lighting according to the time of day in order to minimize disruption to circadian rhythms. He leads an engineering unit at the City of Helsinki responsible for street lighting as well as other technical networks including traffic signals, street heating, public toilets and pumping stations. Previously he was the manager of Outdoor Lighting at Helsinki Energy managing 89,000 luminaires, before responsibility for the network transferred to the City of Helsinki in 2015. He has a background in network calculations and design and has a Master of Science degree from the Helsinki University of Technology.
Mr Nigel Parry 🇬🇧
OrangeTek Ltd, UK
“Technical Application of the Helsinki Human Centric Lighting project with live demonstration of Colour Adaptive Road Lighting” (a collaborative presentation, preceded by Mr Olli Markkanen)
Following on from the City of Helsinki presentation by Mr Olli Markkanen, Nigel Parry will present a focused technology exposition about the City of Helsinki Kruunuvorenranta project. This will highlight the use of colour tuneable light for circadian rhythm optimisation, exploring the lighting design requirements, the project results, and how they were achieved.
The Human Centric Lighting system on this project acknowledges the circadian clock and mimics natural day time and evening tones to synchronise with our human circadian rhythm. The proposal to adjust light colour (and therefore light spectrum) and light levels according to times of the day/night cycle was part of a design competition winning proposal from noted UK consultants Spiers and Major. The road lighting schemes use various design scenarios, from bright and energising mornings to warm and relaxing evenings. These scenes are delivered via a CMS based tuneable white light system from multi-module LED luminaires with combined colour changing and dimming/brightening schedules.
Public feedback thus far on this trial project has been positive, with a preference for a 3500K option, and the are now plans to expand across other areas of Helsinki city. This presentation will be followed by a live demonstration of the colour adaptive road lighting technology.
Nigel Parry is principal of OrangeTek Ltd, LED road lighting luminaire manufacturers, and is the UK Member and Editor of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) Standards, responsible for “Lighting and Signalling for Transport”. He is also Professional Services Advisor for the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) UK, is principal of his own lighting design consultancy, Array Lighting.
Nigel has been a chair or member of a great number of standards committees and technical panels, including those on – lighting design, obtrusive Light, mesopic vision, passive safety, CMS controls, adaptive Lighting, highway advertisements and light measurement. He is also a Tutor on the ILP Exterior Lighting Diploma and is a ILP Lighting Journal editorial board member.
Former Director U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium
“Minimizing the Impacts of Outdoor Lighting, Today and Tomorrow”
Bruce Kinzey will identify and discuss the various stakeholder concerns about blue-rich white light in public lighting and the potential for unintended consequences from large-scale changes to LED lighting. He will explore the characteristics and impacts of various historic and new light sources, comparing blue light content and explaining effective methods for controlling and minimising blue wavelength light. In order to address many misconceptions, Bruce will demonstrate light pollution quantitative modelling with the newly-developed US-DOE Sky Glow Comparison Tool. This is a simplified method for comparing luminaire and control system contributions to sky glow and allows the user to vary the output characteristics of each product being compared. This user-friendly tool was designed in 2018 to address a gap in the outdoor lighting design toolkit.
Bruce Kinzey is Former Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC), a collaborative resource for more than 400 US cities, states, utilities, and other street lighting partners to develop and share information and tools on high-performance LED lighting and controls. Bruce has worked as a research engineer in energy efficiency and renewable energy for thirty years, including two decades in Washington, D.C. managing programs in Building Energy Efficiency, and has been a U.S. representative to the International Energy Agency. Bruce manages the US-DOE GATEWAY Solid-State Lighting Technology Demonstration Program and was a founder of the MSSLC. A recent project has been principal technical advisor to the Outdoor Lighting Accelerator, a recently completed White House initiative.
Dr Dee Denteneer 🇳🇱
“Zhaga connectivity for smart city lighting”
Dee Denteneer will present on the goals and vision of the Zhaga industry consortium to bring interchangeability and interoperability to smart luminaires and control devices. In particular, he will explain the new Zhaga Book 18 interconnect platform for outdoor lighting and the opportunities for future proofing and cross-brand interchangeability of luminaire modules and components. Dee will cover issues of smart city services integration and how Zhaga is collaborating with the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance (DiiA), the DALI organisation, and how Zhaga developed specifications will mature and transfer across to to become international IEC luminaire and control component standards.
Dr Dee Denteneer is Secretary General of the Zhaga Consortium. Dee has held positions at the University of Utrecht, the Statistical Office of the Netherlands, and Philips Research. He has a PhD in mathematics, and a background in wireless connectivity, lighting, project and program management, and finance. Currently, he is Director of Standards at Philips Lighting, focusing on strategy and governance in industry alliances. Alongside of his position in the Zhaga Consortium, Dee is a member of the executive team of the ZigBee Alliance and Technical Working Group Chair of the Fairhair Alliance.
Mr Jerry KP Heng 🇸🇬
Head of Street Lighting
Singapore Land Transport Authority
“Singapore’s journey to a Smarter and More Energy-Efficient Street Lighting System”
Since 2010, Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) embarked on a series of trials to test the performance and reliability of LED street lighting. Since the trials concluded in 2013 LED street lighting have been implemented island-wide and a control system in 25,000 LED luminaires by the end of 2019. All of Singapore should be completed by 2022.
The Remote Control and Monitoring System (RCMS) will allow street lighting to be more responsive to inclement weather and will also enable LTA to adopt a more responsive and efficient maintenance regime as it features automated fault detection and alert capabilities.
Mr Jerry KP Heng is Head of Street Lighting for the Land Transport Authority (LTA) Singapore. He has more than fifteen years experience managing projects in multinational companies and government agencies. Jerry’s role included leadership of Singapore’s transition from timer controlled HPS street lighting to a wireless, individually controlled, Smart Street Lighting System with LED luminaires. Jerry is experienced in smart street light technology and controls, large scale systems management and facilities management, and holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Mr Chris Testa 🇺🇸
Northeast Group USA
“The global market for connected street lighting”
Chris will present a global overview of the market research in technology and market trends for connected street lighting. This will analyse and quantify the main driving forces of change and how these are reflected in market actions in various countries and regions. This will include a recent study on market activity in Australia and New Zealand and compare and contrast the findings with with the international scene. He will also forecast on how smart infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT) will likely be deployed in the street lighting context.
Chris Testa is the research director at Northeast Group, a smart infrastructure market intelligence firm based in Washington, DC. He has written five editions of the company’s “Global LED and Smart Streetlight” study, as well as regional studies on smart street lighting in North America and Oceania. Chris has also helped develop streetlight business cases for cities and utilities in the US and Latin America. In addition to street lighting, he has written studies on the smart electricity, water, and gas markets and has worked with cities in the US to develop solutions for data-driven decision making.
Chris is also a frequent contributor to The Economist Group and has been a consultant on global clean energy regulatory policy and renewable energy financing. Chris earned an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University where he specialised in Energy Policy and International Economics.
Dr Michael Poplawski 🇺🇸
Senior Energy Engineer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
“How can connected street lights save energy and provide value to councils and DNSP’s”
More information coming soon…
Dr Michael Poplawski joined PNNL in 2009 as a Senior Engineer following twelve years in the commercial semiconductor industry. His work experience includes US and international component manufacturers from start-up to conglomerate, and in roles including device engineering and reliability, circuit design, application, and technical marketing. His current activities are focused on supporting the US Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program, in the areas of connected lighting technology, standards and specification development, and grid service enabled lighting systems. Michael is a member of IES, IEEE and ASHRAE, serves on multiple standards development committees, and consults with numerous energy efficiency organizations and specification bodies.
His research Interests include:
Intelligent networked LED lighting systems and sensors
- Networked system interoperability
- Building systems and energy management
- Smart city technologies and infrastructure
- Electrical energy metering and management
Export Sales Manager
Speaking on behalf of TALQ Consortium
“TALQ Smart City Protocol: the key to control system interoperability for smart cities”
Smart city systems are controlling streetlights, monitoring rubbish bins, detecting parking availability, and much more. Yet most of the available solutions are proprietary to particular suppliers, which lock cities into single vendor systems.
The TALQ Smart City Protocol is designed to enable interoperability and allow cities to choose between multiple vendors.
The new TALQ Smart City protocol addresses the needs for central management software to control, command, collect data, send control programs and firmware updates for outdoor lighting controllers but also other smart city devices such as waste container sensors, environmental sensors, energy meters and other outdoor networks. With TALQ, interoperability of systems from different vendors is possible so that cities can use a single CMS to control, command and monitor multiple networks within their project.
Christophe Orceau is the chairman of the Steering Committee of the TALQ Consortium. He was the founder of Streetlight.Vision that developed the central management software that is now in use in more than 500 smart city projects in 15 countries, and that supports many heterogeneous networks, particularly in outdoor lighting. As an independent consultant, Christophe now shares with the other TALQ members his 12 years of international expertise in running large smart city projects around the world, with multiple control systems and communication protocols.
Mr Michael Erbesfeld 🇺🇸
Lighting System Standards
“New initiatives in lighting systems standard”
More information coming soon…
Michael Erbesfeld is Program Manager for Lighting System Standards at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Washington DC. His portfolio includes lighting controls, LED drivers, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C137 Lighting Systems Committee
Michael has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering has worked as a consulting engineer in the building energy industry. He is a licensed Professional Engineer specialising in building energy modeling and life cycle cost analysis.
He has served in the Washington DC office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on energy policy for commercial buildings and also in the U.S. Department of Energy on building energy codes. Michael has also been an energy manager, for a major university, and worked for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) as part of their advocacy team.
Dr George Brainard 🇺🇸
Director Lighting Research Program and Professor of Neurology
Jefferson University, USA
“Human effects of light on earth and in spaceflight”
Almost daily, news headlines remind us of the dangers of blue rich white light to humans. International expert on circadian, neuroendocrine and behavioral regulation in humans Dr George Brainard will present on the latest knowledge about LED and blue light. This will be delivered in a way that we can all understand so that the implications for public lighting are clear to policymakers and public lighting management and operations staff.
Dr. Brainard has directed Jefferson’s Light Research Program since 1984. This program’s research studies the effects of light on circadian, neuroendocrine and behavioral regulation in humans. Current studies include explaining the effects of light intensity and spectrum on melatonin, investigating the use of light to shift day/night human activities, studying the influence of light on tumor progression, and testing the tunable solid state lighting for the International Space Station.
Dr Brainard has been a board member of numerous national and international governance and scientific advisory boards. For NASA, he has served on teams for lighting design of space vehicle and space craft interiors since 1987; and served as Associate Team lead of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Member Human Performance Factors, Sleep and Chronobiology Team, 2002-2008 and Team Leader from 2008-2012. Dr. Brainard has been the US Division 6 Director for the International Commission on Illumination since 1992, chaired the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Photobiology Committee for ten years, and is currently co-chair of the IES Light and Health Committee.
Dr Kellie Pendoley 🇦🇺
Chief Executive Officer
Pendoley Environmental Pty Ltd
“National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife – including Marine Turtles, Seabirds and Migratory Shorebirds”
Dr Pendoley will speak on a project that she is currently completing for the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Energy (DEE) to publish guidelines to minimise and mitigate the impact light pollution on the environment, specifically listed marine turtles, seabirds and migratory shorebirds covered by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The Guidelines take an outcome based approach to the protection of wildlife from the impacts of light by; outlining the steps required to conduct an environmental impact assessment on artificial light (focusing on LEDs) and how it affects wildlife, describing a range of Best Practice Light Management actions that should be incorporated into all new or retrofitted lighting projects, summarising the published impacts of light on the different species, and listing species specific light management actions that should be incorporated into the lighting design for projects that will overlap with known listed species or their habitats. The document assess the current and emerging technology used to monitor artificial light at night, including skies above road lighting is being retrofitted with LED lighting.
Kellie is the owner and Principal Scientist of Pendoley Environmental, Perth WA, Australia. Kellie has more than three decades of experience in the environmental management of large-scale oil and gas developments, both in Australia and overseas. With her extensive knowledge of marine turtle biology and ecology, Kellie has designed and implemented an array of programs that manage industrial activities in the vicinity of marine turtle habitats.
This has led Kellie to do monitoring and modelling artificial light pollution, spending over 25 years in R&D of novel technology and techniques to quantify biologically meaningful light. Recent projects have included measuring sky glow from street lighting on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and Dunedin, New Zealand.
Mr Craig Morris 🇬🇧
Street Lighting Engineer
Doncaster Council, UK
“Upgrading to LED and CMS Adaptive Control to match traffic conditions in Doncaster UK”
Craig Morris will present practical experiences as a council asset manager on the “Smart Light Doncaster Project” for Doncaster City with a population of 308,000 that has converted 45,000 street lights to LED controlled by a CMS. Craig will also show how to utilise LED and CMS technologies for the use of real-time traffic flow sensors and CMS adaptive control as pioneered by Doncaster Council.
Doncaster Council is evaluating the use of adaptive lighting controls with strategically placed traffic counting sensors. Indicator sites monitor traffic flows from sensors and control the lighting levels to one or two lower standards subcategories levels during low traffic periods. Traffic flows on some roads drop to below 25% of the peak volume after 8pm and the lighting levels can therefore be adjusted accordingly.
The intention is to maximise savings by off-peak dimming with a roll-out across the region using traffic sensors at strategic locations on the main routes of Doncaster to control main route lighting and to allow dimming on assessed residential streets nearby.
Craig Morris has spearheaded the feasibility and planning of the “Smart Light Doncaster Project” which involved the installation of LED street lighting and a Central Management System to control the lighting and to report faults. As Doncaster Council’s recently-appointed CMS Street Lighting and Highways Electrical Manager he is now also responsible for completing the project and for the on-going supervision of 60,000 street lighting assets. Craig joined Doncaster Council 12 years ago as a works supervisor responsible for electrical maintenance and street lighting installation.
Ms Anja McAlevey 🇳🇿
Senior Transportation Planner
Dunedin City Council, NZ
“Smart planning and procurement – lighting up Dunedin, not the sky”
Anja will present on Dunedin City Council’s (DCC) recent journey towards converting 15,000 outdated HPS street lights to a world-class “smart city ready” 3000K LED network controlled by a Central Management System. Dunedin took a multi-faceted first-principles research and evaluation approach to the conversion.
With about 131,000 people, Dunedin is NZ’s 7th largest city and South Island’s 2nd largest. It has New Zealand’s oldest University and the people of Dunedin have a very strong affinity for the environment and thus will be New Zealand’s first city to convert all its street lights to 3000 Kelvin LED controlled by a fully computerised CMS system.
Dunedin will soon be New Zealand’s first city to convert all its street lights to 3,000K LEDs controlled by a CMS system and Anja McAlevey led the planning phase for the project. She is a Senior Transport Planner at Dunedin City Council NZ, with eleven years’ experience in local government. After obtaining a Master of Laws degree and working in resource management strategy and planning, Anja joined the transport sector in 2014. In her current role she plans and secures funding for major transport infrastructure projects in Dunedin City, which included leading the planning phase for the Dunedin all-of-city street light LED and Central Management System controls conversion.
Dr Dionyz Gasparovsky 🇸🇰
Division Director – Transportation and Exterior Applications
International Commission on Illumination
“Adaptive Road Lighting Control to satisfy diverse needs of user groups and patterns”
The presentation will explain how adaptive road lighting improves the visual experience and how it can minimise the side effects on humans, fauna, flora and astronomic observations at critical times.
Examples of information from field sensors and interconnected systems such as traffic composition, traffic flow, weather and climatic conditions, presence and motion of people and specification of individual user preferences, enables lighting to be tailored to the specific requirements of smart cities.
Ensuring efficient interoperability of lighting with other related systems like traffic control, utility services and telecommunication will also be discussed. Dr. Gasparovsky will also cover how the urgent problems of adaptive road lighting are being tackled within the International Commission on Illumination (CIE).
Dr. Dionyz Gasparovsky is Division Director of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), responsible for transportation and exterior applications and is a lecturer, researcher and PhD supervisor in lighting technology the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he is an associate professor.
His professional interests include road lighting, smart lighting and the energy performance of lighting systems and is an author or co-author of tens of peer reviewed publications. Within the CIE Dr. Gasparovsky chairs the technical committee on maintenance of lighting systems and is a contributor on many other CIE technical committees. He is also active in standardisation on light and lighting for CEN European standards and ISO international standards.
Ms Vi Le 🇦🇺
Stakeholder Engagement Manager, ICT and E-commerce
“The Smart Cities Blueprint for Australian Cities”
Standards Australia is the country’s leading independent, non-government, not-for-profit national standards body (NSB), with an active role in the smart cities arena. Ms Vi Le, Stakeholder Engagement Manager for ICT and e-Commerce Services will present on the current Standards Australia initiatives which include the Standards Roadmap for Australia, development of standards for each sector, and standards for strategic priorities including the interoperability of IoT and other smart devices.
Vi Le will explore the Standards Australia Smart Cities 2017 recommendations, covering the topics of governance, data sharing, cybersecurity and utilities. The presentation will also assess other smart cities standards activities and opportunities such as the international Working Group on Smart Cities, the Australian Smart Cities Advisory Group and the IPWEA Street Lighting Smart Controls 2016/17 Road Map recommendations.
Vi has over 20 years’ experience in the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector, starting with one of Australia’s major telecommunication companies, Telstra; to working with the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation’s ICT Policy Branch. During her time with the NSW Government, she has worked as a senior political advisor in the NSW Parliament and also successfully managed the $11.4 million partnership agreement with Data 61 – a commercial division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). This partnership helped drive digital transformation through the New South Wales public sector. Vi currently works for Standards Australia as the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for ICT and e-Commerce Services, and Secretariat to the Australian ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee which develops, maintains and promotes standards in the fields of information and communications technology.
Mr Rob McKenna 🇦🇺
National Carbon Bank of Australia (NCBA)
“Energy Efficiency Schemes Funding LED Streetlight Replacements”
Rob McKenna will present an overview of current Government-based Energy Savings Schemes, their role and purpose, including ESS/VEU/ERF schemes. A range of council assets, including public lighting and solar lighting can be claimed under these schemes and the presentation will cover how councils can access this funding.
Rob will explain the NCBA’s role in the development of the NSW Public Lighting Method, the level of incentives and the role of DNSP’s and external parties. Examples of funding will include spot replacements and bulk upgrade replacements.
Rob McKenna, NCBA’s General Manager, has extensive experience in funding, lighting and government, including as the previous General Manager the NSW Energy Savings Scheme. Rob’s technical knowledge comes from around 20 years’ experience in commercial and street lighting, completing his Physics honours in Germany where he researched LED chips. He has worked for himself, providing advice to clients on lighting design and building code requirements, and for small and large lighting manufacturers, Rob applied this knowledge during ten years in Local and State Government, in particular as a tender assessor on multi-million dollar tenders.
Ms Julie Briggs 🇦🇺
Chief Executive Officer
Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils
“Southern Lights: Enabling Connectivity for Regional and Rural NSW using Smart Street Lighting”
Southern Lights is a $71 million project that proposes delivering over 80,000 smart, connected LED street lights and a low to medium bandwidth Internet-of-Things communications network to communities encompassing 41 LGAs and a population of over one million people. Stretching from Bega to Broken Hill, this enabling infrastructure will provide better, safer, cheaper lighting and connectivity that will act as a catalyst for participating councils and others to invest in smart community technologies that will increase efficiencies and improve service delivery.
The participating councils have been represented on the project by their respective regional organisations, who have worked closely with Essential Energy and leading consultants in the field to produce a robust Business Case that supports the project. It is a unique example of councils working together to bring cutting edge technological innovation to rural and regional communities.
This presentation will be address how the project brought 41 councils together and what it aims to deliver for the participating LGAs.
Julie is the CEO of the Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC). REROC is one of the four regional organisations of councils that developed the Southern Lights’ project. REROC provides the overall project management for Southern Lights.
Julie, as CEO of REROC, has been involved in street lighting for over a decade, providing comments and input to the Australian Energy Regulator on public lighting pricing, participating in consultations with the NSW Government on the development of the NSW Public Lighting Code and looking at ways to implement improved street lighting outcomes for REROC’s member councils.
Julie holds degrees in law, business, international business and law.
Professor Fred Watson AM 🇦🇺
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
“The Pervasive Photon”
Your average photon is a two-edged sword, bringing both positive and negative outcomes. As a species, our eyes have evolved to cope with an immense range of photon fluxes. What is relatively new to science is the way those photon rates conspire with other elements of human physiology to influence our health and wellbeing – particularly when blue photons predominate. This presentation will trace our recognition of the benefits and ills of illumination photons, from awareness of outdoor light-pollution to the influence of blue-rich light on circadian rhythms. It highlights intelligent photon control as the only viable remedy for those ills.
Professor Fred Watson is Australia’s first Astronomer-at-Large and worked at Britain’s Royal Observatories before joining the Australian Astronomical Observatory as Astronomer-in-Charge in 1995. Recognised internationally for pioneering fibre optics in astronomy, Fred is known today for his radio and TV broadcasts, books, and advocacy for dark skies, which have earned multiple awards. Fred holds adjunct positions in several Australian universities, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. He has an asteroid named after him, but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault.
Mr Adam Carey 🇦🇺
Elumenarti Pty Ltd
“Public Lighting Standards: The Need for Overhaul”
Adam Carey has a breadth of Australian experience with Local Governments that he will draw on to explore and challenge current public lighting design standards to assess if they are fit for purpose.
Lighting design in the age of adaptive digital lighting technology can no longer be a one-size-fits-all templated approach. Adam will cover the new possibilities and how standards are required to accommodate both new technologies and new expectations to provide public lighting that improves liveability in cities, towns and rural areas.
Public lighting is undergoing revolutionary changes so Adam’s presentation will cover topics such as adaptive lighting, colour optimisation, monitoring and measurement of lighting performance in the field and assess their their role in advanced “as-a-service” business models. He will also address the unintended consequences of public lighting and the astronomical, human and ecological outcomes.
Adam Carey is the former CEO of Citelum Australia and current Director of Elumenarti. In 2009, Citelum attempted to shake up the monopoly provision of streetlights services by taking on the energy distributors and one may argue this failed. In 2017, Citelum made an orderly exit from the Australian market.
Adam’s vision for where streetlighting and city lighting was documented and endorsed in the Sunshine Coast Urban Lighting Masterplan, a vision that encompasses a future that streetlighting when properly thought out can be both safe, efficient and sensitive to the environment. The masterplan envisions a future where streetlighting acts as the catalyst for Smart Cities.
Over the journey, Adam found ways for councils to comply to AS/NZS 3000 wiring rules without making major changes to existing wiring and found avenues for the metering of Streetlighting contained within National Electricity Law.
In his spare time, Adam is a Dark Sky advocate and Abstract Artist.
Mr Graham Colclough 🇬🇧 Chairman
The European Commission Multi-Function Pole Programme
“The European Commission humble lamppost programme”
Graham will analyse the European Commission Humble Lamppost council aggregation initiative with a focus on the demand-side and the large-scale city-cluster implementation ambitions. The objective will be to package solutions based on the European Commission “Lighthouse” programmes involving 80 European cities.
Graham is a highly experienced international executive, with development and corporate roles with Shell Oil, then addressing strategic and operational business transformation across multiple sectors with the global advisory firm, Gemini Consulting; evolving to Capgemini – a global systems integrator. Graham has increasingly focused on city transformation, leading the Capgemini global activity in that field for more than a decade, gaining international recognition including from the European Commission. In 2014, Graham launched a specialist advisory partnership, UrbanDNA, focused solely on cities, and working with institutional multipliers and investors to drive large scale transformation in the smart cities market.
Mr Justin Harmond 🇺🇸
Lighting & Smart Services Operations Manager
“The DNSP Case for Smart Street Lighting”
Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP) utilities are important players in the development of modern, energy efficient street lighting. Many DNSP’s are recognising the benefits of deploying LEDs and implementing a connected street lighting platform and at the same time enhancing customer services, meeting the energy and emissions goals of councils, and improving their own bottom line by reducing maintenance costs.
In this workshop, Justin will analyse the key elements of the project, the challenges presented, and the benefits to both the DNSP and its council customers. It will provide important insights and recommendations for other DNSP’s looking to modernise their street lighting systems.
Justin Harmond is Georgia Power Operations Manager of Lighting & Smart Services. He has over eleven years of electricity utility experience with Georgia Power and Mississippi Power. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and has worked in the areas of construction engineering, system reliability, power quality, service response and restoration and sales and marketing. Justin has diverse management experience with proven results and has managed numerous multi million-dollar electricity distribution projects across the southeast USA. He has presented to the US Electric Utility Outdoor Lighting Council (EUOLC) a US nationwide group of electric utilities, and at multiple Georgia Power technical and management events, and will be a presenter at the forthcoming 2019 Illuminating Engineering Society North America (IESNA) Street and Area Lighting Conference (SALC) in San Diego.
Mr James Peet 🇦🇺
Chief Digital Officer
Moreton Bay Regional Council
“Smart Lighting Infrastructure-as-a-Service”
James Peet will present on The Mill at Moreton Bay, a major new innovation and university project in the Moreton Bay Queensland region. The precinct will be home to a new University of Sunshine Coast campus and is an unprecedented opportunity to create a focal point for innovation, and will commence with 80 smart Multi Function Poles with LED+CMS controls and wireless communications. The smart lighting poles are a key foundation to support Smart City technologies and initiatives and MBRC has procured smart lighting that meets best practice for design, service delivery and operation whilst also supporting emerging digital opportunities using an innovative “Infrastructure-as-a-Service” business model.
A holistic project delivery approach was adopted focusing on community safety, road safety and pedestrian safety with a foundation platform of Smart City and Internet of Things (IoT) features that support a variety of non-lighting features and functions for sensing, detection and actuation that are incorporated into the Multi Function Poles. These features include pedestrian detection, ambient noise monitoring, flood detection, public address loudspeakers, surveillance cameras and incorporated incident analytic functionality.
The Infrastructure-as-a-Service performance contact model covers lighting along roads, pathways and other public spaces and on the university campus and is a catalyst for future regional innovation and over time, all MBRC owned public lighting could be delivered via the same service.
James Peet is the Chief Digital Officer at Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland. Prior to his current role, James was Moreton Bay’s ICT Manager and held technology leadership roles at BVN Architecture, a leading Australian architecture and design practice.
Director Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
“Adaptive lighting and road safety”
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Ron Gibbons is the Director of the Center for Infrastructure Based Safety Systems at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). He is also the Institute’s lead lighting research scientist. He is currently the PI on projects investigating the Spectral Effects of new light sources on roadways, the visibility of police vehicles and on an investigation into the adaptive lighting of roadways.
Dr. Gibbons is also the PI and Project Manager for a safety IDIQ project sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and a subject matter expert for the National Surface Transportation Safety Center of Excellence. Gibbons is the author of over 80 published papers on roadway lighting, photometry, and target visibility. He is the current Director of Division 4 of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) and a past president of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.
Mr Geoff Schomburgk 🇦🇺
Head of Strategy and Business Development
“Smart city lighting cybersecurity”
IOT is the enabler of new services or business models and the new affordability of multiple devices, connectivity and internet and cloud services are making IOT solutions much more accessible. The common platform, the Internet, presents the opportunity for collection of more data and deeper analysis and sharing of the data. Geoff Schlomburgk will investigate the issue of cybersecurity with multi function pole deployments and will explore the risks involved, and provide examples and methods to mitigate these risks.
There are barriers to deployment of IOT solutions, and consistently, the main three barriers to adoption are security, legacy equipment and a viable business case. Multi function poles house a variety of things that can be connected, beyond just smart lighting. The more things connected the more privacy and security risks increase. The cost of a breach can be significant and this presentation will explore examples of how access through innocuous devices can cause catastrophic failure.
Geoff will address the physical security of the devices to protect from tampering and vandalism, then define how to secure the end to end data flow, as its not enough to assess the security of just the devices or the connectivity solution, the whole solution needs to be considered. He will draw on examples from other industries such as defence, aerospace and resources and a practical takeaway he will show how to make progress through the adoption of a framework for best practice.
Geoff Schomburgk is responsible for the development of the strategy with AccessTel on intelligent site management solutions for distributed networks of critical assets. This includes execution of strategic initiatives, focusing on new business areas for Internet of Things (IoT) and consulting services. Geoff is a senior manager and strategy consultant with over 25 year’s experience in the global global information & communications technology industry.
Geoff has held various senior management roles, successfully managing global professional services teams. He has led a global team of sixty strategy and technology consultants driving a portfolio of strategic growth initiatives. Geoff holds a Masters of Business Administration and an Honours degree in electrical and electronics engineering.
Dr Robert Karlicek 🇺🇸
Professor and Director of Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
“The future of outdoor lighting and integrated sensing for Smart Cities”
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Dr Karlicek is the Director of the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), a National Science Foundation and industry funded program exploring advanced applications for next generation solid state lighting systems. Prior to joining RPI, he spent over 30 years in industrial research and R&D management positions with influential research corporations.
Dr Karlicek’s technical experience includes research on LEDs and lasers, control systems design, and applications research in solid state lighting as well as IR and UV LED applications. Dr Karlicek obtained his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and has over 56 peer reviewed technical papers and 44 U.S. patents.
Ms Katharine Hole 🇦🇺
Executive Director, Strategy Policy and Coordination
NSW Department of Planning & Environment
“The implications of the new NSW Public Lighting Code”
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Since 2007, Katharine has worked as a senior executive in the NSW public sector successfully leading and managing a variety of business units (policy, programs and regulatory) in resources and energy as well as delivering a number of major projects. During this time, Katharine worked for a year as a senior consultant in Canada and US advising companies on a range of resource and energy related projects. Prior to joining the public sector, Katharine worked in the private sector as an economist and on projects related to the finance sector, including time with a global bank in London.
Ms Sara Thomas 🇦🇺
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
“The need for the IPWEA model business case specification”
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Sara Thomas is a Senior Associate at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, and is experienced in the tailoring of financing solutions for local government to support renewables and energy efficiency projects. Sara is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and holds a Masters of Applied Finance.
The program presents an unprecedented line-up of high profile international and local speakers.
They represent cities, utilities, government agencies, NGO’s and technology innovators and will share their insights, practical recommendations, barrier-breaking tips, and suggested pathways for progress.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to attend a world class event!
Strategic Lighting Partners Ltd
Road lighting Conference 2015 – Auckland NZ ‘Special event‘ winners at the 2014 Public Relations Institute of NZ Awards