An important part of the SLSC Programme is to work consultatively with Standards Australia (SA) and Standards New Zealand (SNZ) to improve and strengthen the local and international standards that apply to LED street lighting and smart controls. This may involve:
- Assisting in identifying potential standards committee members:
Addressing the imbalances on some standards committees, identifying vacancies or a lack of representation on relevant committees by local government, new-entrant suppliers and those with expertise in smart controls and their application to adaptive lighting, identifying suitable candidates to fill vacancies, nominating candidates and providing appropriate briefing and support to nominees; and
- New standards/specifications:
Ensuring that standards reform proposals support the timely deployment of LEDs, smart controls and smart city technology by providing user input to Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) for the identification, prioritisation and development of the new standards and specifications that will be required for smart lighting and smart controls application to flourish.
Standards Australia has existing arrangements that allow for local government representation but, despite paying most of the cost of street lighting, local government is grossly under-represented on most Standards Australia lighting standards committees. Identification of appropriately qualified representatives is required to ensure this input is effective.
Other important tasks that the SLSC Programme might undertake to strengthen the standards relevant to street lighting and smart controls include:
- Commenting during reviews of standards
Assisting SDOs with the ongoing task of reviewing current road lighting related standards (design, product and process) to ensure that any gaps are identified and that the AS/NZS standards remain abreast of the many developments currently occurring within international standards (IEC, ISO, IEEE, ITU) and influential regional standards such as CEN, BSI, ANSI, IESNA.
- Provide piloting opportunities for model specifications
Based on international models there is a possibility that appropriately developed SLSC Programme model specifications could feed into the processes of national SDOs, such as Standards Australia and Standards NZ, and ultimately become a national model specifications. Fast-developed IPWEA model specifications could provide piloting opportunities for the concepts and details, before passing these documents on for consideration for national adoption under the SDO auspices.
IPWEA also recognises that any model specifications it develops under the SLSC Programme has the potential to be passed on for consideration for national adoption under the auspices of standards development organisations, SA and SNZ.