Thank you for the report. We are aware of this fault & had Balfour Beatty investigate it yesterday.
These streetlights have a networked control system known as Philips CMS(central management system)which controls each lamp via a radio mesh network rather than a (much simpler)photocell, it has had several signal dropouts in recent years. The main controller is located on a street lighting column near Tesco on the A194 which needs an internet 3G/4G signal to report to the central server. At the suggestion of Philips, Balfour Beatty relocated the controller to a line of sight position to a 4G mast near Edinburgh Rd.The signal problems persisted & they have now diagnosed the control modem needs replacing to restore the signal. The modem is a custom order from Philips which may take 10 to 14 days. Unfortunately when the lighting columns lose signal they default to 24/7 lighting position in order to provide safety.
Most (around 70%) of the CMS street lighting has now been upgraded to LED & CMS system is being phased out. However this work must be programmed in phases to suit budgets & minimise disruption. The A184 through Boldon Coast Rd, Whitburn etc. were done in the last phase. The last sections are Victoria Rd Hebburn, A194 Leam Lane, York Ave & others which are scheduled for full replacement this autumn.
I hope this explains the situation, once the new modem arrives it should hopefully correct the problem.
Nick Davies C.Eng MEI
Special Projects Officer
e mail NicholasJohn.Davies@southtyneside.gov.uk
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