Final countdown: Australia’s largest public lighting summit in one week

The 2016 edition of Australia’s largest annual Smart Lighting Summit, with smart and sustainable lighting as a central theme on the agenda, once again convenes in Melbourne next week from the 6th to the 7th of September.

With endorsement from City of Melbourne and support from Lighting Council Australia and IESANZ, the summit is set to feature both locally and internationally renowned lighting experts and speakers, highlighting latest trends and developments within the lighting sector.

Bringing together over 150 key lighting industry stakeholders, with passionate lighting industry professionals ranging from engineers, architects, manufacturers, public sector representatives, road authorities, consultants and lighting designers, the summit affords delegates the opportunity to comprehensively explore the future of smart lighting in Australia and around the globe by looking at international industry parallels and experiences.

Headlining a quality lineup of presenters, including Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Senior Projects Officer – Northern Lights Project David Thompson, Washington DC’s Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA) Executive Director Bob Parks and Light and Culture Program Advisor Rik van Stiphout from the City of Eindhoven where the multinational corporation Philips was founded 1891.

Eindhoven, the Netherlands’ “city of light”, considered to be at the forefront of energy and lighting innovation infrastructure, is one of the first cities in Europe to develop its urban lighting system into an integrated ‘Smart Light Grid’ in an effort to conserve energy and increase efficiency.

Eindhoven’s lighting vision has paved the way for public lighting ideas and research to be put into practice. The city’s ‘Strijp-S’ area now boasts light-enabled bus lanes and pedestrian crossings as well as easily adaptable public illumination scenes implemented on main streets. The area has quickly developed into one of the most sought-after investment areas in the city.

According to the architect behind the city of Eindhoven’s lighting vision Mr Stiphout, “lighting is not only in the DNA of our city, but also in the people. In order to become a real lasting sustainable city, one has to dare to look into the future … not only [at] the environmental or cost saving side of it.” Mr Stiphout will deliver a keynote presentation on the city of Eindhoven’s smart street lighting journey at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit.

Reinforcing the commitment to developing innovative and intelligent lighting solutions, Australian Smart Lighting Summit Knowledge Partner, Ironbark Sustainability’s Business Manager Alexi Lynch, forecasts LED as the future of energy efficient lighting in Australia.

Large scale LED projects have already been effectively implemented in Victoria where only seven out of 79 councils have not yet undertaken an LED changeover.

“We’ll see more LED projects replicated throughout Australia and more states and councils wanting to jump on board.”

While “smart controls and cities are the flavour of the month”, Mr Lynch believes that project innovation is key, with Ironbark Sustainability eager to replicate successful residential LED street lighting projects in areas where there has been a lack of progress, especially in Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland, which will enable councils in these states to cut their energy expenditure and costs.

“It’s an exciting time to be in the lighting industry with massive projects already completed and more exciting projects to come.”

Following the remarkable success of the 2015 Australian Smart Lighting Summit, this year’s event will discuss smart lighting, smart cities and the Internet of Things.

The summit will also concentrate on exciting international projects such as a case study of Singapore’s ‘Smart City Lighting Master Plan’ presented by Japan’s Lighting Planners Associate Principal Lighting Designer Kaoru Mende. Mr Mende describes the trend of urban lighting in night environments to have evolved to see safe, beautiful, comfortable and eco-friendly cities.

Wellington’s intelligent street lighting solutions will be presented by New Zealand’s Wellington City Council Team Leader in Strategic Planning, Transport & Waste Operations, Paul Glennie.

Closer to home in Adelaide, Australia’s first intelligent street lighting trial project will also be under discussion from Adelaide City Council’s Team Leader in Business Solutions Sonjoy Ghosh. Summit sponsor NEC is working jointly with the University of Adelaide to roll out this project.

The summit gained tremendous sponsorship support from major industry players such as Philips, Mayflower Complete Lighting Control, gridComm, Current powered by GE, Thorlux and Sylvania among other homegrown lighting companies.

Taking place at Melbourne’s premiere conference venue, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Australian Smart Lighting Summit launches in just one week’s time on the 6th and 7th of September 2016. The immersive two day experience includes keynote presentations and panel discussions guaranteed to offer networking and learning experiences unmatched in the region.

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