Electricity provider Jamaica Public Service JPS recently announced that it has hit an important success milestone in its streetlight programme.
Over 80% of the islands’ streetlights are now smart LEDs, with all island coverage expected by December this year. 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.
Some parishes are now completely outfitted with LED streetlights, including: 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% smart streetlight installations in place.
The success of the Streetlight Programme, the company says, is as a result of the team’s commitment to leveraging technology for the benefit of customers. JPS says it has also 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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