The Smart Digital Infrastructure project delivered by The City of Wolverhampton Council covers the ERDF Priority Axis 4: Supporting the Shift towards a Low Carbon Economy in All Sectors. The European Regional Development Fund amount for this project is £2,403,136. The Smart Digital Infrastructure project began in January 2020 with the end date of March 2022.
The Smart Digital Infrastructure project delivers a package of low carbon initiatives, providing additional cost savings and resident benefits.
LED Street Lighting and Smart Infrastructure
A city-wide investment upgrading 30,000 street lights to energy and carbon saving LEDs, enhanced with the addition of smart technologies and central management system. Providing the infrastructure for future deployment of Smart City sensors and opportunities to remote-control a range of council operations, unlocking urban data to reveal unique insights to improve efficiencies, sustainability and citizen interaction.
Solar lighting and digital wayfinding along 10km of Wolverhampton canal towpaths will ensure safer cycling and walking and improved navigation. Cycle counters and the installation of on-street residential charging points for electric vehicles will promote uptake of alternative methods of transport.
Following the successful procurement of 27,750 new LED street light lanterns earlier this year, the programme of conversions is now fully underway, with energy and carbon savings are already being realised.
The project team are currently drafting the specification for the central management system that will enable the change to smart lighting and provide the software for deployment of a range of sensors across the city’s 4G mesh network.
Alongside the development of the Black Country ULEV Strategy, the programme is considering the most appropriate way to procure and install residential on-street charging points, supporting infrastructure vital to make the change to electric vehicles.
Canal and River Trust, in their role as delivery partner, have scheduled in the programme of solar lighting, in the form of cat’s eyes, along stretches of the city’s canals and have plans to also light one of the tunnels using solar powered lanterns. This works will complement the digital route-finding app that will also be funded through the project.