Introducing a streetlight control system in Sri Lanka
IESL NSW Chapter knowledge sharing program has launched a project with NERD Centre in Sri Lanka to develop an appropriate solution for controlling street lights in Sri Lanka.
Although there are many commercially available solutions for controlling street lights, due to certain technological and commercial reasons, the cost of installing remotely controllable street lights all throughout the country has been identified as a challenging task.
The need for a safe, reliable and cost effective solution has been identified by concerned engineers in many occasions. Street lights in Sri Lanka are operated by Provincial Councils and there are issues with metering, daily operations, safety, and reliability throughout the past years. Recently the issue with safety in the current operating method was noted by a group of IESL NSW Chapter members and discussed with senior engineers in Sri Lanka. As a result of these discussions, the current Chairman of the NERD Centre, Eng. Shavendra Fernando directed the center staff to initiate a project aimed at solving these issues. A team of engineers from IESL NSW Chapter will be working with NERD Centre in this project sharing their experience in this particular area of expertise.
The members from NSW Chapter involved in this project are, Eng. Dayantha Jayarathna, Eng. Shantha Fernando and Eng. (Mrs.) Bandula Subasinghe. Recently Eng. Shantha Fernando visited the NERD Centre to meet the team in Sri Lanka and conducted a design review with them.
Currently the design specifications are being drafted with the intention of developing a prototype of the product later this year.