Reduce energy consumption and light pollution while maintaining safety
The Dutch railway system is one of the busiest in Europe, with millions of passengers using the trains every day. The train stations in the Netherlands are important hubs for transportation. They serve a key role in the country’s infrastructure.
There are nearly 400 railway stations across the country. Each station as well as the adjacent parking areas and yards are equipped with standard lighting for general nighttime safety. Bright lights keep the darkness away. However, limitation of conventional lighting is that they remain fully lit all night – even when there is no one around. This resulted in a massive energy waste. It also created unwanted light pollution, discomforting the neighboring residents as well as the nocturnal wildlife.
ProRail/ NS wanted to address these issues and make the railway infrastructure energy-efficient, safe, and sustainable.
“We wanted to accomplish a number of goals, namely to reduce the energy consumption at the stations as well as lower light pollution for people living in the area. At the same time, we wanted to ensure public safety.” Eelco Krakau, Contract Manager, Dutch Railways
ProRail was searching for a smart solution that would addresses these challenges.