Smart LEDs installed in over 80 per cent of Jamaica's streetlights
Over 80 per cent of the islands’ streetlights are now equipped with smart LEDs, according to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), with all island coverage expected by December this year.
JPS says there are presently 84,700 of the more efficient, smart Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs, 18,000 of which were installed last year, despite significant challenges.
Parishes now completely outfitted with LED streetlights, include: St. Catherine with 22,037; St. James with 10,459 and Clarendon at 6,499 lights.
Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Ann are close to being fully upgraded with over 90 per cent smart streetlight installations in place.
JPS says the success of the Streetlight Programme, is as a result of the team’s commitment to leveraging technology for the benefit of customers.
JPS noted that it has been working closely with the Ministry of Local Government, Parish Councillors and other stakeholders, to ensure the effective execution of streetlight replacements and repairs in various communities.
“I am very pleased that we have reached this milestone. The project has enabled us to support security, transportation and night life activities that impact us all in meaningful ways. Our own ongoing transformation to a more innovative and responsive company is also at the heart of this initiative, as we strive to deliver superior service to our customers,” stated JPS Chief Operating Officer, Gary Barrow.
The upgraded LED streetlights, in addition to being more energy efficient, are also outfitted with smart controllers which allow for improved maintenance and monitoring.
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