The SLIC pilot of the West Flemish intermunicipality (WVI) is experimenting with smart public lighting in the city of Veurne, on the site of a former sugar factory where a new sustainable urban district is being created. There are 2 parts to the project: dynamic LED lighting along the 2 cycle paths and LED lighting in a new business park and the existing industrial area.
Veurne is developing a new sustainable city district on the site of an old sugar factory. The new neighbourhood will be a combination of nature, residential and industrial areas. The SLIC pilot focuses on the different ways of smart lighting for these 3 different types of areas.
In the nature reserve, Veurne focuses on animal and bicycle-friendly lighting. The LED lighting along cycle paths is dimmed in the evenings and switched off at night to minimise disruption to nature. This also uses tracking lighting with a smart camera that can distinguish a person from an animal or other movement.
The intention is that the lamps only light up at night when a cyclist or walker passes, in order to increase safety and to avoid disturbing wildlife . As a test, a light pole has been set up with 8 different sensors and a smart camera. With the data from the sensors, the right choice can be made for the dynamic lighting on this route.
In the residential area, the lighting is dimmed in the evening and at night. In addition, different light colours will be applied near intersections, so that they stand out better for cyclists.
Dimming schemes are being developed for the industrial zone based on the light levels of the companies on the site. Veurne also works with a dimming schedule that is adjusted to the usual busy and less busy periods in the industrial area.
Residents of Veurne will be informed about the SLIC pilot via the website about the new sustainable city district that is being developed on the spot where the old sugar factory (Suikerfabriek) used to be.
The city council of Veurne is investing more than € 2.3 million in the renovation of street lighting throughout the city. By opting for LED lighting, the city strives to save energy and thus reduce CO₂ emissions from 45% to 65%. The SLIC project contributes to this.
In the SLIC pilot, the city of Veurne, the West Flemish Intercommunale (WVI) and grid operator Fluvius are working together.