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Smart Street Lighting Deployed in Katherine NT

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An Australian First – Katherine Town Council shines light on new smart street lighting technology


On the 24 May 2017, Council begun to replace all of the townships streetlights with 855 smart LED lighting fixtures. Although replacing streetlights with LED fittings is becoming common practice, Katherine town Council (KTC) have also deployed a city wide smart street lighting control system to monitor and control each individual light fitting.

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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 street lighting assets deployed in the parkland areas into one central management system. This is deployed in a 3G-4G highly secure cloud based solution developed by Green Frog Systems in Adelaide and its technology partner Cimcon Lighting from the USA.

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Even though Katherine’s township is spread out, we only require 6 gateways (data coordinator units) across the whole township to control the 855 lights. The complete smart street lighting grid communicates the status of all lights with no dependence on existing IT infrastructure in the field as it communicates by a SIM card based device (gateway) connected to the Telstra network on selected light fittings that uploads to the cloud.

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What makes this system unique is that each light reports back its actual power consumption in real time enabling Council to identify actual power usage instantaneously or use its in-built historical reporting based on billing cycles from its electricity retailer. Although in a pilot mode it is hoped the actual power measurement will enable a cost recovery model based on actual usage rather than a fixed cost per quarter for each street light currently by Power and Water NT.

Other in-built features include real-time reporting of light status, including the type of faults – such as no power, LED driver or LED failure and a unique sensor to notify KTC staff if a pole has been knocked over by a vehicle enabling rapid repair response. The system will allow dimming of the lights for use in non-street environments but will eventually enable us to pilot dimming of streets.

Specific modifications to the light fitting under direction from KTC has allowed the installers to replace a light fitting and commission the light in 15 minutes enabling the whole project to be completed within 1 month of commencement.

For further information contact CEO Robert Jennings: Ph 08 8972 5500 Fax 08 8971 0305 Email:

Quick facts on the new LED Solar lighting system:

  •  Project cost – $720,000 (+GST) including installation
  •  New LED lights will reduce annual consumption cost by 50% from $140,000 to $70,000
  •  Life expectancy of the new LED solar lights are 15 years
  •  The new system will reduce the Power Water Corporation forecast maintenance (2016-2017) charges by 90% – from $180,000 down to $36,000. With a further reduction using the Smart Lighting system to drop the maintenance cost down to $20,000 (no need for manual site inspections patrols, etc)
  •  The project will remove Power Water Corporation forecast Capital charges of $206,000 to ZERO as the street lights are now a Council Asset.Katherine Town Council are excited to be able to introduce this technology that will provide increased cost efficiencies and flexibility to our community.
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Originally From Katherine Town Council Website – HERE
SENTINEL 50W Mains Powered Street Lights pictured above were deployed city-wide in this latest street light upgrade.
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Intelligent Street Lighting to be Exhibited at ASCAC

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Green Frog Systems Showcasing Latest Intelligent Street Lighting Technologies at Australian Smart Communities Association Conference.

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Green Frog Systems, Leading Australian Street Lighting Designer, will participate as an exhibitor at the 2017 Australian Smart Communities Association Conference (ASCAC), the premier annual event for smart city advocates and professionals, in booth #5. The event will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre between the 29th and 31st of May 2017.

The event is being targeted to a diverse group of smart city advocates, community professionals including business innovators with new smart community technologies, digital hero companies playing a part in making Australia a connected series of smart communities, and local, state and national government decision makers who drive implementation of smart projects and policies.

The ASCC offers a comprehensive three-day conference program of exceptional professional development opportunities as well as an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and technology in the industry. Michael Whereat, President of the Australian Smart Communities Association said the conference featured an exciting program of international and national keynote speakers, panel discussions with leading smart community professionals and a trade exhibition of leading technology businesses and organisations.

Doug Underdown will be showcasing the latest intelligent street lighting technology for Green Frog Systems in booth #5. He will be conducting full demonstrations of the features and capabilities of the wireless connected lighting system throughout the conference as well as exhibiting various other solar street lighting and pathway lighting products.


The Australian Smart Communities Association Conference is the only conference run by smart communities professionals for smart communities professionals. By using smart solutions, smart communities become more efficient, increase the capability of existing infrastructure and services, and improve the quality of life for their citizens. The conference provides the platform to showcase these smart solutions, celebrate the successes of our smart communities and share stories with members and the broader community.

Green Frog Systems to Exhibit at The Philadelphia 2017 LIGHTFAIR International

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PRESS RELEASE – Adelaide, South Australia, Thursday, April 27, 2017 – Green Frog Systems, Leading Australian Solar Street Lighting Designer, will participate as an exhibitor at the 2017 International Lighting Fair (LFI), the premier annual event for Lighting Industry professionals, in booth #5254. The event will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA between the 9th and 11th of May 2017.

Targeted to a diverse group of lighting industry professionals including lighting designers, specifiers, architects, consultants and engineers from around the world. The LFI offers a comprehensive commercial lighting trade show and conference of exceptional professional development opportunities as well as the industry’s newest and most advanced products and technologies.

Green Frog Systems will be exhibiting for the first time this year in booth #5254 with an exclusively Australian designed solar pathway light adeptly named the ‘STEALTH’ for it’s sleek, modern appearance. The STEALTH solar pathway light will be on display along with a number of other solar and mains powered lighting products including high-bay and Low-bay lighting systems

“I always look forward to attending the LFI, “ Said Green Frog Systems CEO, David Wilson ‘it’s a high point of my calendar, the growth of this event is truly impressive and the caliber and diversity of technology on show is something I always look forward to seeing”.


LIGHTFAIR® International is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference and is sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). For more information about, please visit WWW.LIGHTFAIR.COM.

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Australia’s Longest Continuous Solar Light Pathway

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Green Frog Systems Completes the Largest Continuous Solar Pathway Light Installation in Australia.

Green Frog Systems supply and install 104 solar pathway lights over 5.5km of Lake Alberts’ walking trail in what is Australia’s longest continuous solar pathway light installation.

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Calls to light up Wagga Waggas iconic lake Albert have finally been answered with 104 STEALTH series solar pathway lights being installed along the lakeside-walking track. From the outset the specifications called for a lighting system that used solar power largely due to the impressive results of several other solar lighting trials within the region.

solar street light installed Lake Albert Wagga Wagga

Local community group Committee 4 Wagga (C4W) launched a unique initiative to finance the installation costs. The scheme called for local businesses and community groups to sponsor a light pole and be acknowledged with a named plaque on each light pole. Wagga Wagga’s City Council and the NSW State Government also provided financial assistance.

The scheme received an incredible community response with all 104 solar lights being sponsored within a few weeks of the initial offering. Chris Fitzpatrick, CEO of – Committee 4 Wagga said “The community response has been amazing, it’s a great story where community and government have come together for something’s that’s beneficial for all.”

solar pathway lighting Lake Albert Wagga

The entire installation was completed within 2 weeks of commencement and is aimed at encouraging more recreational use of the walking track during twilight hours and early morning. Committee 4 Wagga Chairman Judy Galloway said “We want to give people inspiration to get out and exercise around the lake at night and give more people reason to stop by.”

Green Frog Systems designed a contemporary 8M high pole to meet the AS1158 P4 lighting requirements while augmenting the look and feel of Lake Alberts’ natural environment. The custom solar pathway lighting was then deployed around the entire 5.5km of lakeside walking track in what was to become…

The longest continuous installation of solar pathway lights anywhere in Australia!

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Cyclone Rated Solar Street Lighting in Karratha, WA

By Latest News, Latest Projects, Solar Street Lighting
City of Karratha Selects Green Frog Systems to Design and Supply Cyclone Rated Solar Street Lighting to Improve Illumination Throughout Pedestrian Walkways Within the District.

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City of Karratha has announced that it has selected Green Frog Systems to supply 77 cyclone rated solar street lights for the Karratha Walkways Lighting Project. The aim is to provide residents with illumination along pedestrian walking pathways and streets throughout the township. Suburbs to have solar street lights installed are Pegs Creek, Nickol, Bulgarra, and Millars Well.

After a rigorous tender selection process, our GFS-200 Solar Street Light was deemed the best choice, offering class leading technology and proven durability. The township of Karratha is located in a region of some of the highest cyclonic winds in the nation – ‘Wind Speed Region D, importance level 2’. The GFS-200 has been engineered for this region and able to withstand wind speeds up to 262kph. It is the leading product of choice for Governments and corporations ideally suited to Northern Australia and remote island communities.

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According to the Australian Street Lighting Strategy, street lighting is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from local government.  Nationally, the annual cost of public lighting in Australia exceeds $250 million and the greenhouse gas emissions account for between 30-60% of local government’s greenhouse gas emissions (*City of Ipswitch 2015). These statistics coupled with growing demands for public services including lighting are just some of the driving factors for the project with grid connected lighting infrastructure being an overly costly option throughout the region. The geographical location of Karratha Township makes it an ideal candidate for solar lighting as they receive on average over 150 day per year of sunshine.

The project is set to commence mid 2017 and is set for completion within the second half of the year.

*Street Lighting Project, Ipswich LED Street Lighting Retrofit Project – Lighting the way in South East Queensland, City of Ipswitch – Queensland Government, viewed February 15 2017, <>

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GFS to Collaborate with CIMCON Lighting USA

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Green Frog Systems and CIMCON Lighting Collaborate to Introduce Smart City Technology in Australia

Green Frog Systems, Australia’s leading designer of solar and mains-powered lighting solutions, has entered into a collaboration with CIMCON Lighting USA, a Boston-based manufacturer of wireless controls for outdoor lighting.

Green Frog Systems’ CEO David Wilson said “this collaboration allows GFS to incorporate the CIMCON technology into our solar and mains powered lighting product lines to deliver tremendous customer benefits in the Asia Pacific region. Our work with CIMCON adds additional energy, repairs and maintenance savings for streetlight owners as well as increasing the quality of lighting services.”

About Green Frog Systems (ADL)

Green Frog Systems is a leading Australian designer and manufacturer of world-class solar street lighting, solar pathway lighting and solar energy storage systems for extreme environments. We service clients across a wide range of industries from all over the world developing innovative lighting solutions for Government, industrial and commercial Infrastructure. Green Frog Systems provides tailored solutions for roadway & pathway lighting, off grid energy storage, and smart connected lighting networks. With a dedication to producing quality solar lighting and energy storage products that deliver outstanding reliability, we can support clients with lighting technology and metering solutions wherever they may be on their path to a smarter, more efficient lighting system.

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About CIMCON Lighting (US)

With over 25 years of innovation and experience in outdoor wireless applications, CIMCON Lighting is the world’s leading provider of scalable, intelligent wireless outdoor lighting management solutions for traditional, LED and solar-based street lights. Focused on offering solutions that provide the lowest “Lifecycle Cost of Ownership,” CIMCON pioneered the concept of “Just in Time LightingTM,” to ensure that the right amount of lighting is provided where and when it is needed. CIMCON’s lighting management solutions are appropriate for roadways, parking lots and parking garages, corporate and university campuses and a variety of Industrial applications.

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Solar Pathway Lights for Lake Albert

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Solar Pathway Lighting of Lake Albert

*Project Update*

Work is well underway on Wagga Wagga’s Lights for Lake Albert project with over half of the 104 STEALTH solar pathway lights already installed.

The project is scheduled for completion by mid-March and aims to encourage more recreational use of the popular Lake Albert walking track. Lights for Lake is a community project, with each light sponsored by a local family or business.

“The community response has been amazing,” C4W CEO Chris Fitzpatrick said. “It’s a great story where government and the community have come together for something’s that’s beneficial for all.”

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Lake Albert – Wagga Wagga, NSW

This project was Australia’s longest consecutive installation of solar pathway lights.

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Australia’s First SMART Lighting Grid

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City of Katherine Selects Green Frog Systems to Design and Supply New Smart Street Lighting for Australia’s First Non-test Application of Connected Street Lighting Technology.

The Northern Territory’s City of Katherine is set to become the first fully connected smart lighting city in Australia this year with the entire towns street lighting grid being upgraded to some of the most advanced LED street lighting technology available in the later half of 2017.

Green Frog Systems were selected from numerous tender applications and involved meeting the technical specifications and requirements for street lighting and for connected devices outlined by the Australian Federal Government and the Town of Katherine. A particularly strong focus was placed on maximising energy efficiency through newly available metering technology.

The advanced capabilities of the proposed system were cited as being the distinguishing factor that led to the Green Frog Systems submission being accepted. These include more efficient energy consumption and metering providing more accurate consumption data for billing and field maintenance, faster outage detection to bolster network reliability and greater data and analytics capabilities. Wireless controls and monitoring capabilities allow for smart dimming schedules as well as instant notification in the event of failure or unplanned outages.

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The advanced Meter Data Management system will help Katherine Town Council to better monitor, gather, validate and process usage data in support of billing and other reporting obligations. It also paves the way for citywide energy management solutions to help Councils and Government better monitor and control their energy usage.

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Green Frog Systems stated that the “Growing demands on utilities and grid infrastructure are driving the need for advanced metering capabilities, to help Cities and Councils monitor and account for energy consumption particularly in areas of public lighting. We are aiming to provide a platform for Katherine Town Council to continue modernising the grid so that they can remain at the forefront of local provisions, whether it be deployment or expansion of public lighting or some other response to ever-changing customer demands and new technologies.”



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