Revealed: innovative plans for street lights to bring wifi access across Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Plans for wifi access and new LED lights are in place for Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens Plans for wifi access and new LED lights are in place for Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens

INNOVATIVE plans to use Bournemouth’s street lamps to offer wifi access in public places have been revealed.

As part of a project to replace every single street light bulb with more energy-efficient LEDs, the council also plans to check whether the lights can accept the latest Wi-Fi technology.

If they can, the eventual aim is to provide wifi access across the borough, including the beach and Gardens.

Cllr Michael Filer, right, cabinet member for transport, cleansing and waste, said they wanted wifi accessible in “every road, public place and even the beaches.”

“This could make us literally top of the world in the facilities offered by the town,” he said.

“If we’re able to proceed, we would be amongst the world leaders in this field. It’s all good news.”

He said the possibility was a “bonus” in a scheme that will see all current street lights replaced with 16,627 LEDs.

One thousand mild steel lighting columns will also be replaced and 1,685 lit signs and bollards will be replaced or de-illuminated.

The project will cost £7.73million but £4.26m has been awarded to the council by a government energy projects funding provider. The remaining £3.5m will come from the council’s prudential fund.

Currently the council spends £1.1m a year on street lighting energy but hopes to reduce this by 73 per cent by replacing the street lights. The council is aiming to save £32.2m over 20 years, along with 3,700 tonnes of carbon – the equivalent of 19 per cent of current council emmisions.

The LEDs should also make the streets brighter and safer for residents and visitors.

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1:18pm Sun 2 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Great idea and worth while .Just get on with it before to many other take the opportunity to get their noses in the trough
Great idea and worth while .Just get on with it before to many other take the opportunity to get their noses in the trough kalebmoledirt

1:28pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Townee says...

What a wonderful idea to have brighter lights in the street, not so good if you have one outside your bedroom window.
Also who is going to pay for this FREE WIFI and will they guarantee that it will be secure from hacker.
What a wonderful idea to have brighter lights in the street, not so good if you have one outside your bedroom window. Also who is going to pay for this FREE WIFI and will they guarantee that it will be secure from hacker. Townee

1:52pm Sun 2 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

By all means improve the efficiency and quality of the street illumination but why spend a fortune replacing 'one thousand mild steel lighting columns' when all that needs to be done is to change the fittings and the bulbs at the top of all these current perfectly good lamp posts? There surely cannot be any unresolvable technical reason that this is not possible so once more I fear that we seem to be in danger of spending huge sums of public money for the sake of it.

And apart from cost, if we are also going to talk old fashioned 'carbon footprint' nonsense what is the 'carbon footprint' of the manufacture, transportation and disruption caused by erecting 1,000 new lamp posts and then needlessly removing the 1,000 existing ones which are already in place?
By all means improve the efficiency and quality of the street illumination but why spend a fortune replacing 'one thousand mild steel lighting columns' when all that needs to be done is to change the fittings and the bulbs at the top of all these current perfectly good lamp posts? There surely cannot be any unresolvable technical reason that this is not possible so once more I fear that we seem to be in danger of spending huge sums of public money for the sake of it. And apart from cost, if we are also going to talk old fashioned 'carbon footprint' nonsense what is the 'carbon footprint' of the manufacture, transportation and disruption caused by erecting 1,000 new lamp posts and then needlessly removing the 1,000 existing ones which are already in place? muscliffman

2:05pm Sun 2 Feb 14

High Treason says...

Nice contract, order in the brown envelopes if its the same value of the "WELCOME TO BOURNEMOUTH" sign.
Nice contract, order in the brown envelopes if its the same value of the "WELCOME TO BOURNEMOUTH" sign. High Treason

2:07pm Sun 2 Feb 14

High Treason says...

" all current street lights replaced with 16,627 LEDs."

Made in China no doubt.
" all current street lights replaced with 16,627 LEDs." Made in China no doubt. High Treason

3:07pm Sun 2 Feb 14

twynham says...

Townee wrote:
What a wonderful idea to have brighter lights in the street, not so good if you have one outside your bedroom window.
Also who is going to pay for this FREE WIFI and will they guarantee that it will be secure from hacker.
No public WiFi is secure.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: What a wonderful idea to have brighter lights in the street, not so good if you have one outside your bedroom window. Also who is going to pay for this FREE WIFI and will they guarantee that it will be secure from hacker.[/p][/quote]No public WiFi is secure. twynham

3:15pm Sun 2 Feb 14

mooninpisces says...

Using LEDs in street lighting seems eminently sensible.

But could Cllr Filer explain what purpose would be served by having saturation wi-fi coverage throughout the borough, including parks and beaches? Becoming 'world leaders in this field' seems a strange justification, reminiscent of the arguments made for the surf reef and the supposedly iconic welcome sign on the A338.
Using LEDs in street lighting seems eminently sensible. But could Cllr Filer explain what purpose would be served by having saturation wi-fi coverage throughout the borough, including parks and beaches? Becoming 'world leaders in this field' seems a strange justification, reminiscent of the arguments made for the surf reef and the supposedly iconic welcome sign on the A338. mooninpisces

3:26pm Sun 2 Feb 14

richardcompton3 says...

Fill the pot holes before wifi!!!!!
Fill the pot holes before wifi!!!!! richardcompton3

4:00pm Sun 2 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Muscliffman's argumenet can also be applied to wind farms. Look at the calcs for installing and maintaining turbines over thirty years and their predicted v relative output. All that energy in the making and installing cannot be recovered. Let's not talk about the cement required for a nuclear power station.
Muscliffman's argumenet can also be applied to wind farms. Look at the calcs for installing and maintaining turbines over thirty years and their predicted v relative output. All that energy in the making and installing cannot be recovered. Let's not talk about the cement required for a nuclear power station. whataboutthat

4:10pm Sun 2 Feb 14

High Treason says...

Does this mean I can cancel my broadband contract.
Does this mean I can cancel my broadband contract. High Treason

5:05pm Sun 2 Feb 14

simcal says...

High Treason wrote:
Does this mean I can cancel my broadband contract.
Depends if one of these hot spots is by your house.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: Does this mean I can cancel my broadband contract.[/p][/quote]Depends if one of these hot spots is by your house. simcal

5:05pm Sun 2 Feb 14

simcal says...

High Treason wrote:
Does this mean I can cancel my broadband contract.
Depends if one of these hot spots is by your house.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: Does this mean I can cancel my broadband contract.[/p][/quote]Depends if one of these hot spots is by your house. simcal

5:52pm Sun 2 Feb 14

martin1512 says...

Nice to see that the council has such a surfeit of cash, it can start spending money on frivolities and ego boosts. But where are the headlines telling us about all of the previously cancelled community services they have reinstated with all of this spare money they have?
Nice to see that the council has such a surfeit of cash, it can start spending money on frivolities and ego boosts. But where are the headlines telling us about all of the previously cancelled community services they have reinstated with all of this spare money they have? martin1512

7:24pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

If it wants to save money on lighting why doesn't it switch off the lights at the surf pod builing that are left blazing away even all through the night when no one is allowed in them and all through the winter when there is not a soul about.

Perhaps the Echo might care to ask the council how much this costs/wastes.

ps what happened to that world leading super fast broadband that caused all the paths to be dug up ?
If it wants to save money on lighting why doesn't it switch off the lights at the surf pod builing that are left blazing away even all through the night when no one is allowed in them and all through the winter when there is not a soul about. Perhaps the Echo might care to ask the council how much this costs/wastes. ps what happened to that world leading super fast broadband that caused all the paths to be dug up ? Bob49

8:26pm Sun 2 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

What about all the potholes.
What about all the potholes. pete woodley

9:09pm Sun 2 Feb 14

username is already in use says...

WIFI will be old technology VERY soon, the FAR faster 4G is here in alot of britain and 5G (download a film in 1 second) is only around the corner
WIFI will be old technology VERY soon, the FAR faster 4G is here in alot of britain and 5G (download a film in 1 second) is only around the corner username is already in use

9:39pm Sun 2 Feb 14

BmthNewshound says...

Great that the Council is looking to save money on street lighting but to simply squander the savings and more on a harebrained Wifi project is typical of this irresponsible spendthrift council.
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Large scale Wifi schemes like this have been trialled elsewhere and have proved to be notoriously unreliable and very slow rendering them useless for anything more than downloading a few emails. If people have visions of being able to use the BBC iPlayer whilst sitting on the beach they will be very disappointed.
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I’d much rather the savings from more efficient street lighting being spent on frontline services rather than on
Great that the Council is looking to save money on street lighting but to simply squander the savings and more on a harebrained Wifi project is typical of this irresponsible spendthrift council. . Large scale Wifi schemes like this have been trialled elsewhere and have proved to be notoriously unreliable and very slow rendering them useless for anything more than downloading a few emails. If people have visions of being able to use the BBC iPlayer whilst sitting on the beach they will be very disappointed. . I’d much rather the savings from more efficient street lighting being spent on frontline services rather than on BmthNewshound

10:05pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Understated says...

Townee wrote:
What a wonderful idea to have brighter lights in the street, not so good if you have one outside your bedroom window.
Also who is going to pay for this FREE WIFI and will they guarantee that it will be secure from hacker.
where does it say it is free?
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: What a wonderful idea to have brighter lights in the street, not so good if you have one outside your bedroom window. Also who is going to pay for this FREE WIFI and will they guarantee that it will be secure from hacker.[/p][/quote]where does it say it is free? Understated

12:06am Mon 3 Feb 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

username is already in use wrote:
WIFI will be old technology VERY soon, the FAR faster 4G is here in alot of britain and 5G (download a film in 1 second) is only around the corner
Ummm what? The United Kingdom lags behing the rest of the western world when it comes to 4G, for speed and coverage. So don't hold your hopes on that.
[quote][p][bold]username is already in use[/bold] wrote: WIFI will be old technology VERY soon, the FAR faster 4G is here in alot of britain and 5G (download a film in 1 second) is only around the corner[/p][/quote]Ummm what? The United Kingdom lags behing the rest of the western world when it comes to 4G, for speed and coverage. So don't hold your hopes on that. Chris@Bmouth

7:05am Mon 3 Feb 14

Phixer says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Great idea and worth while .Just get on with it before to many other take the opportunity to get their noses in the trough
Yes, the idea is great - but at what cost? That is a lot of my tax money to fritter away on replacing still-serviceable light bulbs. It would be more 'energy-efficient' to replace the failures as and when they occur.

There is nothing stated above to suggest that the WiFi is free so let a commercial organisation take over the idea before I/you/we lose any more of our tax money by mis-management at the BBC.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: Great idea and worth while .Just get on with it before to many other take the opportunity to get their noses in the trough[/p][/quote]Yes, the idea is great - but at what cost? That is a lot of my tax money to fritter away on replacing still-serviceable light bulbs. It would be more 'energy-efficient' to replace the failures as and when they occur. There is nothing stated above to suggest that the WiFi is free so let a commercial organisation take over the idea before I/you/we lose any more of our tax money by mis-management at the BBC. Phixer

1:18pm Mon 3 Feb 14

kingstonpaul says...

Nice idea, presumably the free wi-fi will require a sponsor. Great, as long as user details aren't being collected and then harvested for some marketing database.
Nice idea, presumably the free wi-fi will require a sponsor. Great, as long as user details aren't being collected and then harvested for some marketing database. kingstonpaul

6:17am Tue 4 Feb 14

Kiki1973 says...

Amazing how quickly things get shoved off track on these boards... The topic is free wifi and safer streets, not potholes, signs you've decided you don't like or anything else you feel like having a whinge about! If you stick to the actual topics at hand, how is this a bad thing? Safer streets and more connectivity, which, I might add is pretty important to a lot of people, including some of our biggest money spinners, the students and tourists.
Amazing how quickly things get shoved off track on these boards... The topic is free wifi and safer streets, not potholes, signs you've decided you don't like or anything else you feel like having a whinge about! If you stick to the actual topics at hand, how is this a bad thing? Safer streets and more connectivity, which, I might add is pretty important to a lot of people, including some of our biggest money spinners, the students and tourists. Kiki1973

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