Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2017

13-14 September 2017
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia


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Day 1 - 13 September 2017
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00

MC Opens

09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other summit attendees.

09:30 - 10:00

Address by City of Melbourne

City of Melbourne has been designing a luminous city reinforcing perceptions of Melbourne's physical form for the last twenty years. Lighting is one of the strategies utilised to show off the potential of Melbourne's streets, public spaces and laneways. This insures that the city is inviting, interesting and safe during the evening hours, attracting the evening crowd, bringing more activity into Melbourne's public spaces. Many lighting lessons have been learnt over time. Over-lighting of buildings or spaces dilutes dramatic effects, contributes to ‘sky glow’ and can result in other negative outcomes. The public lighting scheme must be carefully balanced with the ambient lighting to achieve a comfortable environment during the evening hours. This presentation will provide the latest updates on City of Melbourne’s progress in relation to LED roll out and lighting control.

Ian Dryden, Principal - Industrial Design, City of Melbourne

Ian Dryden
10:00 - 10:30

Florida Power and Light’s Smart Street Lighting Program: Building North America’s largest Street Light Control Network
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), the principal subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. (formerly FPL Group, Inc.), is a Juno Beach, Florida-based power utility company. It generates, transmits, distributes and sells electric energy.

Florida Power & Light has one of the largest smart street lighting projects in the world. With 75,000 networked and energy efficient LED lights already installed, the utility is expected to have nearly a half-million street lights that are networked and using energy-efficient LEDs. The project is also about adaptive lighting where the utility could brighten the lights when needed while keeping them dim at other times. The flexible lighting improves energy efficiency as well as a significant decrease in maintenance and operations costs for the utility.

Joe Hancock, Principal Streetlight Leader, Florida Power & Light Company - USA

Joe Hancock
10:30 - 11:00

Light on Demand – How Street Lighting will be revolutionized by Smart Pavings

Street Lights are usually switched on during the entire night using a lot of energy and producing an enormous amount of Light Pollution in Cities. The LightStone is revolutionizing this by lighting streets only on demand, increases safety and reduces energy costs for cities. Just see how this will be solved by Smart Pavings.

Alexander Haider, CEO, LCT GesmbH light & concrete technology, Austria

Alexander Haider
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

Overview of City of Ryde's LED Retrofit projects with Smart Controls
City of Ryde council began LED Retrofit projects with the smart controls from 2014/2015, with 3 stages completed so far. This experience can provide valuable insights for others implementing smart controls, particularly when viewed from a management perspective. This includes :

  • The benefits of the controls
  • Issues on technology, control systems and ownership
  • What the current and potential market has to offer
  • The process of building the network and smart city foundations
  • Applying adaptive lighting
  • Skills, knowledge and sustaining future capability
  • Driving the process

Anthony Ogle, Smart City Infrastructure Projects Manager, City of Ryde

Anthony Ogle
11:50 - 12:30

Panel Discussion

Cybersecurity and Connected Lighting Infrastructure

  • IoT in smart cities and Cybersecurity
  • Why is cybersecurity critical for connected infrastructure?
  • Examining Legal and Privacy Implications Associated with Connected Lighting Infrastructure
  • Developing safety and security standards for street light manufacturers

Lighting forms a vital part of smart city’s connected infrastructure. As cities embrace these new technologies, there is a burgeoning need to find a balance between benefiting from these innovations and managing new safety, security, privacy and performance risks. This panel of experts will explore ways to manage security and privacy for connected lighting infrastructure.



Jan Zeilinga, CTO – Cyber Security, KPMG Australia
Craig Searle, Cofounder and Chief Apiarist, Hivint
Dr. Mamoun Alazab, Senior Lecturer, The Australian National University, ACT

Jan Zeilinga Craig Searle Dr. Mamoun Alazab
12:30 - 12:50

Supercharging of Technology Change - What it Means for Australian Councils and DNSPs

What is likely to happen in Australia for street lighting over the next 5 years? What are the macro trends that will smash the current lighting technology before 2025? Come along to this presentation and hear from Australia’s leading street lighting expert, Paul Brown, on the impacts of commercial and regulatory changes on the 2.3m street lights. Get yourself and your organisation ready to understand and respond to these changes. The session will look at:

  • What are the looming regulations that'll change the playing field (Hint: Minamata, Minamata, Minamata!)?
  • What commercial drivers are accelerating the rapid change in technology?
  • What will the street lighting system look like 5 years from now?
  • How to make sure your organisation doesn't lose out

Paul Brown, Managing Director, Ironbark Sustainability

Paul Brown
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Northern Lights – Regional Street Lighting Replacement Program
Six Tasmanian councils are working together to replace over 9,000 street lights in Northern Tasmania in partnership with Ironbark Sustainability. The councils include:

  • Launceston
  • Meander Valley
  • West Tamar
  • Northern Midlands
  • Georgetown
  • Break O’Day


Craig Plaisted, Sustainable Developments - Project Manager, Meander Valley Council - Tasmania
Liam Seymour, Engineering Officer - Hydraulics, City of Launceston

Craig Plaisted Liam Seymour
14:10 - 14:50

Panel Discussion

Smart Public Lighting and the Data Driven City

  • Street lighting as a foundation for Smart cities
  • Connected street lighting as the starting point for integrated infrastructure
  • Role of Digital Innovation in Illuminating Smart Cities


Ian Killick, National Manager, Light Source Solutions Roadway
Joe Hancock, Principal Streetlight Leader, Florida Power & Light Company - USA
Keith Henry, Technical Sales Manager – ANZ, Telensa
Michael D’Costa, Lead Energy Management Specialist, National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA)
Stine Ellermann, City Lighting Coordinator – Traffic, City of Copenhagen - Denmark

Ian Killick Joe Hancock Keith Henry Michael D’Costa Stine Ellermann
14:50 - 15:10

Energy Efficient LED Public Lighting: What’s happening in Western Australia?
Energy efficient LED lighting projects have been embarked upon throughout WA, often with funding assistance from State and Federal Government. Some Local Governments have retrofitted Local Government assets (such as Council buildings and recreation areas) with LED lighting. WA’s regulatory environment, financial and technical limitations and access to LED technology have, however, hindered widespread installation of LED streetlights. The regulatory environment in particular has been in a state of flux in WA, but we are starting to see (LED) light at the end of the tunnel.

Laura Simes, Environment Policy Adviser, WA Local Government Association (WALGA)

Laura Simes
15:10 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:10

Intelligent Street Light Procurement: The Story from Copenhagen
The city of Copenhagen has the ambition to becoming the first carbon-neutral capital city in the world. To reach this ambitious goal, the city council has adopted a comprehensive and targeted carbon reduction plan. The intelligent street lighting project is part of the carbon reduction plan to make Copenhagen’s street lights more energy efficient, reducing their energy consumption by 50%. The project can be viewed as being a complex infrastructure investment. This is due to the fact that the city had a plan in place to renew sections of the lighting system across city to help attain the goals for optimising the energy consumption and infrastructure renovation. Moreover, with the world of LEDs continually moving at a fast pace, the challenge is to ensure that products brought to the market are not rapidly made obsolete by newer versions.

  • Innovative Procurement for Delivering Sustainable Projects
  • Use of Innovative Procurement procedures for streetlight procurement
  • Benefits and Lessons Learnt

Louise Rathleff, Program Manager, Technical and Environmental Administration, City of Copenhagen - Denmark
Stine Ellermann, City Lighting Coordinator – Traffic, City of Copenhagen - Denmark

Louise Rathleff Stine Ellermann
16:10 - 16:30

Street Lighting, Crime and the Fear of Crime – Are you in the Dark?
Some criminological studies indicate half of all recorded crime occurs after dark, when fear of crime is also experienced to a greater degree. This presentation briefly reviews the recent literature on crime, fear of crime and street lighting and highlights the key theoretical explanations. It discusses how improved lighting can reduce crime and, at times, how lighting might facilitate crime. Measurement issues associated with street lighting standards ANZ 1158 are also briefly outlined. The concept of the 24-hour city and the activation of night-time economy (NTE) have received increasing attention in recent years. Indeed, as Western post-industrial societies move ever closer to the 24-hour city, the nature and levels of street lighting will have increased significance and relevance. The presentation concludes, arguing that understanding the local context is crucial in assessing local risks and needs in order to underpin the implementation of appropriate lighting levels.

Dr. Paul Cozens, Senior Lecturer - School of Built Environment, Curtin University

Dr. Paul Cozens
16:30 - 16:50

Financing Energy Efficient Street Lighting Projects

  • Benefits of adopting more energy efficiency technologies
  • Why finance streetlighting projects with debt?


Melanie Madders, Universities and Local Government lead and Associate Director, Corporate and Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Melanie Madders
16:50 - 17:00

Delegate Choice Awards

Presented By:

Ian Dryden, Principal - Industrial Design, City of Melbourne

Ian Dryden
17:00 - 17:15

Address by Cocktail Sponsor

Danilo Bettinazzi, Director of Sales & Marketing, Griven

Danilo Bettinazzi
17:15 - 17:20

MC Closes

17:20 - 18:20


18:20 - 19:50

City Lights Tour

Day 2 - 14 September 2017
08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00

MC Opens

09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other summit attendees.

09:30 - 09:50

Street Lighting and Smart Controls Road Map for Australia

In conjunction with the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment & Energy (DEE), IPWEA has developed a consistent, strategic roadmap for the  Street Lighting Smart Controld (SLSC) Programme.

The Roadmap was compiled in consultation and with the support of the Department of the Environment and Energy and the E3 Program, as well as major lighting and smart controls companies. A wide number of parties were consulted including state and territory governments, the Australian Local Government Association, Lighting Council Australia, Energy Networks Australia as well as individual utilities, road authorities, local governments and more than 30 street lighting technology suppliers.

  • Overview of the Roadmap

David Boughey, Assistant Director - Lighting and Communications, Department of the Environment and Energy

David Boughey
09:50 - 10:20

Trans-Tasman Perspectives: Energy efficient Street lighting implemented by Auckland Transport

  • Street lighting networks across Auckland to implement LED retrofit programs
  • Installation of a Central Management System (CMS) with the LED luminaires

Andy Collins, Technical Principal - Lighting Design, Opus International Consultants - New Zealand

Andy Collins
10:20 - 10:40

Developments in Road Tunnel Lighting Systems
Road tunnel lighting involves significantly more energy usage and operational cost than external roadside lighting on a km by km basis. It is therefore important to ensure road tunnel lighting is implemented in an effective and efficient manner. Fortunately road tunnel lighting has evolved significantly over the last 10 years from use of traditional tunnel luminaire with electric ballasts and external stage controls through tunnel luminaires with integrated electronic ballasts through the latest generation of dimmable addressable LED based luminaires. This presentation reviews these evolving technologies and in particular focuses on how the latest control and monitoring principles achieve the objectives of operational cost effectiveness, aspects of which may translate to SMART street lighting.

Paul Ducker, Director, PDS Limited - United Kingdom

Paul Ducker
10:40 - 11:00

Smart Street Lighting for Visible Light Communications: Separating the potential from the hype
Future street lights may be able transmit high speed data while still fulfilling their primary role of providing illumination. Visible light communications (VLC) in this form has huge potential and as a result has attracted widespread media attention. There have been many resulting misconceptions and some unrealistic claims. This talk will separate the facts from the hype. It will outline the challenges to be overcome before VLC becomes a practical reality. For example, how can high data rate transmission be achieved without reducing the energy efficiency of the lights?

Jean Armstrong, Professor - Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University

Jean Armstrong
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

An Australian First - Katherine Town Council’s New Street Lighting Technology

Although replacing streetlights with LED fittings is becoming common practice, Katherine town Council (KTC) in the Northern Territory have also deployed a city wide smart lighting control system to monitor and control each individual light fitting.

In an Australian first, Katherine is integrating LED lighting with a smart lighting control system for an entire town. This system will incorporate advanced real time power monitoring and lighting controls with the ability to also monitor and control its solar lighting assets deployed in the parkland areas into one central management system.

David Wilson, Founder and CEO, Green Frog Systems

David Wilson
12:00 - 12:20

Meeting the obligations of the Minamata Convention - Options and Impacts on Australia’s Public and Outdoor Lighting Sector
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a multilateral environmental agreement that addresses the adverse effects of mercury through practical actions to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.

It was named after the town of Minamata, Japan, famous for the widespread poisoning of thousands of people by mercury in the mid-20th century. Australia, and 127 other countries (with the European Union as a regional bloc), signed the Minamata Convention on 10 October 2013. 

Ratification of the Minamata Convention would provide momentum for a national framework that would complement existing regulatory and voluntary measures, and where necessary, facilitate the development of new regulations to address mercury throughout its life cycle.  

Should Australia ratify the Convention, the manufacture, import and export of mercury in lighting (within certain requirements) will be banned by 2020. What impact will this have on the public and outdoor lighting sector? What can industry do to ensure it can meet this change?

  • Focus on Mercury in Lighting
  • Background and Current Situation in Australia
  • National Phase down of Mercury – cost and benefit analysis

Dr. Katie Volter, Assistant Director, Chemicals Management & Standards Section, Department of the Environment and Energy

Dr. Katie Volter
12:20 - 12:50

Reality Bites - The Lived Australian Council Experience of Smart Lighting: Governance and Ownership

In case you have been sleeping for the past 5 years, 103 Australian councils have now changed over their street lights to LED, representing just under 400,000 new lights and hundreds of millions of dollars of energy and maintenance savings. This represents over a quarter of all residential (or local) roads and outshines most of Europe, South-East Asia and North America as a percentage of LED installed. What’s more, the vast majority of lights installed since 2016 are also smart-city ready or enabled. At last count, it seemed like there were more smart lighting solution providers than lighting poles in Australia, and there are dozens of smart lighting, smart cities and IOT newsletters, twitter feeds and forums out there for the everyday council officer or manager who has a spare 4-5 hours every day to keep abreast on the latest technology. Sounding familiar? In this presentation, Alexi Lynch, one of Australia’s most experienced local government specialists, will look at how Australian councils can cut through the noise and find out what is relevant to them and what can be ignored. Always entertaining and thought-provoking, this strictly non-technical session will not touch the debate around DALI vs 0-10V but instead be grounded in the day-to-day reality of how local government staff can deliver smart lighting. The presentation will examine: 

  • Case studies of how Australian councils are currently working with DNSPs around Smart Lighting and Smart City governance
  • The impact of ownership and split-incentives on good outcomes for councils
  • How Councils can best leverage the IPWEA LED and smart control specifications for good outcomes

Alexi Lynch, Business Manager, Ironbark Sustainability

Alexi Lynch
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Streets Ahead: Smart lighting upgrades in South Australia

As the local DNSP, SA Power Networks provides public lighting provision and maintenance services for 225,000 street lights in South Australia.

SA Power Networks has been working collaboratively with representative Councils since 2015 to develop an innovative new tariff structure for LED lighting that gives Councils new funding options and facilitates the earliest rollout of efficient and smart street lighting solutions.

Since these new tariffs were implemented in 2016, SA Power Networks has installed or contracted to upgrade more than 30,000 LED lights, and this number continues to grow. SA Power Networks is working hard with councils and the State Government to leverage this upgrade program into a full smart lighting/smart city rollout.

These projects will improve the liveability and security of communities, provide significant energy and other financial savings to Councils and ultimately to their residents and businesses, as well as materially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Thomas Walker, Manager Strategic Development, SA Power Networks

Thomas Walker
14:10 - 14:30

Beyond Peak Light Pollution

With the continuing growth of smart lighting technology, and an increasing awareness of the benefits of sky-friendly lighting, can we look forward to an era when the light pollution of the world's cities will begin to decline? Today's technology makes the improvement of the nocturnal environment an eminently achievable goal, with benefits across the board. They include the elimination of wasted energy, mitigation of damage to nocturnal animal species, and improvements in our own well-being.  This talk looks forward to a time when the global movement to reclaim the night sky starts to reduce the damaging effects of light pollution - not just for astronomers, but for everyone.

Dr. Fred Watson, Head of Lighting and Environment, Australian Astronomical Observatory

Dr. Fred Watson
14:30 - 15:00

Designing Public Lighting for the Public. The Community Friendly Lighting Program
Public lighting is often installed with little thought for the real client: the public. The AMA Lighting Report has raised fears within the industry but much of the reaction has been focused on disputing terminology and metrics while ignoring the basic recommendations. Proper color temperature and avoiding circadian disruption is important, but quality public lighting design must be community friendly.

While attention to meeting standards for illumination levels and uniformity are often considered, the actual quality of the lighting design and its impact on the user are often neglected with disastrous results. Too often improvements in real visibility take a back seat and glare and light trespass are created in the process of chasing uniformity goals.

With a global conversion to LED lighting underway, cities need to take the initiative to engage citizens with pilot demonstrations when installing public lighting and preserve neighborhood ambiance in the process. Quality public lighting design is made easier with LED and controls and it should serve as a basis for the new era of Smart Cities.

This session will explore the essential elements of quality public lighting design and show real world examples to emulate, as well as those to be avoided.

Bob Parks, Executive Director, Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA), Washington DC - USA

Bob Parks
15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 15:50

Booran Reserve – A Fantastic New Open Space

Since its opening in April Booran Reserve has become a Mecca for kids and adults alike.  The lighting is a significant part of the night-time experience.  A key part of the lighting design was to make visitors feel safe.  In addition, the lighting creates areas for play and others for just contemplation.  The entries have been lit in such a way as to attract visitors and draws them to experience the Reserve.

The presentation will discuss the reasoning undertaken by the City of Glen Eira in deciding to develop the old MMBW water tank into a first-class Reserve.  The reserve includes a Children’s Playground, a Water play area and a number of BBQs with a backdrop of an art wall and tennis/basketball play areas.  In addition, the presentation will discuss the lighting design philosophy and its evolution: - the need for light and shade v the demands for code compliance. It will also address what elements in the reserve have made it so successful.

David Bird, FIALD, Managing Director, 2B Designed Pty Ltd

David Bird, FIALD
15:50 - 16:30

Panel Discussion
Lighting and Placemaking: Envisioning Light as a Placemaking Device

This interactive panel of lighting experts will discuss the role of innovative urban lighting installations in activating public spaces and how they can:

  • Drive economic development
  • Enhance community engagement
  • Support Public-Private Partnerships
  • Promote a city, brand, or district area


Bob Parks, Executive Director, Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA), Washington DC - USA
David Bird, FIALD, Managing Director, 2B Designed Pty Ltd
Ian Dryden, Principal - Industrial Design, City of Melbourne
Tim Hunt, Melbourne Lighting Leader, ARUP

Bob Parks David Bird, FIALD Ian Dryden Tim Hunt
16:30 - 16:40


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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13-14 September 2017

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia



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