Nearly 400 Railway Stations Become Energy-Efficient, Safe and Sustainable

The Dutch railway operator ProRail/NS chooses Tvilight’s smart adaptive street lighting solution


  • Nearly 400 railway stations and adjacent parking areas and yards across the Netherlands are equipped with Tvilight’s revolutionary motion sensor, CitySense Plus
  • Adaptive lighting significantly minimizes energy waste and carbon footprint
  • Light-on-demand makes passengers and railway personnel feel safer and comfortable
  • Residents living nearby as well as nocturnal animals experience pleasant surrounding, thanks to the lower light pollution

Customer Need

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.

Motion Sensor Street Lighting - Railway Stations
Street Light Motion Sensors - Railway Stations

Adaptive Street Lighting Across Dutch Railway Stations


Smart adaptive street lighting

ProRail selected Tvilight’s state-of-the-art motion sensor street lighting solution, CitySense Plus. The selection was made after running extensive tests on a handful of stations.

During the test, the motion sensor adaptive lighting solution proved to be energy efficient, saving over 40% energy every night. Furthermore, the “light-on-demand”, which brightens street lights only in the presence of humans, also seemed to increase the sense of safety for commuters and railroad personnel. Since the lights remain dim when no one is around, light pollution was also reduced, making people residing nearby happy. The tests received positive reviews from everyone involved, and thus, formed a strong ground for ProRail to deploy this solution across the stations throughout the Netherlands.

ProRail has always been committed to reducing our environmental footprint while ensuring the safety of our passengers and employees. Tvilight’s CitySense Plus motion sensors have been a game-changer for us. By deploying these sensors, we’ve significantly reduced energy consumption. The lights now activate only when needed, and it’s had a positive impact on our energy bills,” explains a spokesperson from the Dutch Railway.

They further added, “Minimizing light pollution for the neighboring communities was also one of our key concerns. The adaptive lighting allowed us to achieve this goal effectively. We’ve received positive feedback from residents living nearby, appreciating the reduced light spillage during the night. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

All the motion sensor street lights are connected to Tvilight’s central light management system, CityManager. It enables ProRail to monitor and control each street light remotely through an intuitive dashboard. They can even change the settings of the motion sensors, like the lamp hold time (how long the lamp should remain lit at 100% when a person is detected), light rate up and down (how quickly the illumination and dimming should take place), neighbors (adjacent street lights), and so on, in order to tailor specific lighting needs for a particular station.

Another huge advantage ProRail sees is the CityManager’s automatic fault/ alert notifications. The system emails a status report on a daily or weekly basis. For ProRail, it reduces the number of inspection rounds, and the breakdown service no longer depends on passengers’ complaints. This turns expensive reactive maintenance into economical proactive maintenance. Plus, it keeps the lighting infrastructure up-to-date, ensuring public safety.

Results & Benefits

Energy-efficient, safe and sustainable railway infrastructure

The decision to invest in adaptive street lighting on platforms, parking areas as well as yards, proved beneficial for ProRail. With motion sensor street lights, ProRail is now able to deliver energy-efficient, safe and sustainable infrastructure that is welcomed by everyone, including the passengers, railway personnel as well as residents living nearby.

Benefits For Railway Infrastructure Management

Energy Efficiency

Smart adaptive lighting which can be tailored as per the needs of different areas of different stations results in significant reduction in energy usage. With light-on-demand, the railway stations as well as the adjacent parking areas and yards save an average of 45% energy every night!

Motion Sensor Street Lights - Energy Efficiency
Motion Sensor Street Lights - Optimized Maintenance

Optimized Maintenance

Smart street lighting optimizes maintenance by remotely monitoring each light’s performance. The system can detect and report faults or failures in real-time, allowing the maintenance crew to carry out targeted and efficient repairs. This proactive approach reduces the downtime and maintenance costs, ensuring that street lights remain operational with minimal disruption.

Improve Convenience

Motion sensor smart street lighting helps railway authorities understand how the passengers use the platforms. Through heatmaps, generated in CityManager software, authorities can identify where passengers spend more time on the platform and strategically place service kiosks, amenities, and traveler facilities. This in turn increases the overall convenience for people and boost economy for the railway authorities.

Smart Street Lights - Improve Convenience
Smart Street Lighting - Enhance Safety

Enhance Safety

Motion sensor street lighting at certain places, such as the edge of train stations and level crossings, increases safety by creating a subtle lighting environment. It can change the color of street lights, for instance to blue, when someone enters this zone. This in fact raises the alertness and prevents negative thoughts, making the railway infrastructure safer for everyone.


Adaptive street lighting helps railway authorities achieve sustainability by optimizing energy use. By adjusting light levels based on real-time needs, ProRail significantly reduces energy waste (over 45%) and subsequent carbon footprint (nearly 94 tonnes in the past 6 months). Light pollution is also minimized and luminaire life extended. Remote management further enables efficient maintenance, ensuring the railway infrastructure remains ideally lit while minimizing environmental impact and resource consumption.

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Motion Sensor Street Lighting - Positive Public Image

Positive Public Image

Implementing adaptive street lighting in platforms and parking areas showcases the railway authority’s commitment to sustainability and passenger safety. It enhances the stations’ aesthetics, increases safety, and reduces energy waste, portraying the authority as environmentally responsible and passenger-focused, thus improving its public image.

Benefits For Railway Personnel

Better Safety

Adaptive street lighting in a railway yard enhances safety for railway personnel by providing optimal illumination where and when it is needed most. It adjusts light levels based on activity and movement, reducing dark spots and ensuring clear visibility, which helps prevent accidents and improves overall safety in the yard.

Motion Sensor Street Lighting - Better Safety
Motion Sensor Street Lights - Optimized Operations

Optimized Operations

Adaptive street lighting in a railway yard optimizes operations by dynamically illuminating specific areas in real-time. It responds to personnel presence and activity, ensuring well-lit work zones while conserving energy in less-used areas. This enhances efficiency, reduces costs, and facilitates smoother railway operations.

Benefits For Passengers

Improved Safety

Adaptive street lighting in platforms and parking areas improves passenger safety by providing well-lit, secure environments. It adjusts light levels based on passenger presence, enhancing visibility and deterring potential hazards. This ensures passengers feel safe and can navigate these areas confidently, reducing the risk of accidents and enhancing overall safety.

Adaptive Street Lighting - Improved Safety
Smart Street Lights - Pleasant Experience

Pleasant Experience

Smart street lighting also helps create pleasant experiences for the passengers. With automatic adjustment of the light level and color temperature, travelers will feel a more welcoming and inviting atmosphere.

Benefits For Locals

Lower Light Pollution

Adaptive street lighting helps significantly reduce light pollution by automatically dimming street lights when there is no one around. With lower light pollution, residents can sleep well and promote their health. They can now also enjoy the dark sky and stargazing, which is quickly diminishing across many cities.

Nocturnal ecosystems also benefit from reduced light pollution.

Adaptive Street Lighting - Lower Light Pollution

Future Prospect

An excellent model for railway infrastructure worldwide

The success of this project sets an inspirational example of the adoption of smart street lighting in the railway sector worldwide. The excellent energy efficiency while improving safety and reducing the impact on the environment prove smart adaptive street lighting as an ideal solution for railway infrastructure anywhere in the world.

Tvilight's adaptive street lighting has been a game-changer for our railway stations. We have achieved remarkable energy savings, and at the same time, the enhanced safety and sustainability aspects have exceeded our expectations. It's a pivotal step towards our commitment to a greener and safer rail network.

ProRail Executive

Motion sensor street lighting aligns perfectly with our sustainability goals. It's been instrumental in reducing our carbon footprint, making our stations eco-friendly, and showcasing our commitment to a greener future for rail travel.

ProRail Sustainability Officer

Nighttime safety is essential, be it a residential neighborhood, main highway, quiet bicycle path or even a railway station. Adaptive lights play a crucial role in this regard. They offer the right light, at the right time, at the right place, beautifully balancing enough illumination, safety, energy-efficiency as well as environment. We are very happy to be a part of this monumental project and help make stations safe and sustainable. We truly hope rail authorities around the world follow this great model implemented by ProRail/NS.

Heide JeukenCEO, Tvilight

Project Summary

Location: Stations, Adjacent Parking Areas, Railway Yards Across the Netherlands
Project Scope: Nearly 10.000 platform light poles on 400 stations
Client: ProRail
Application Area: Railway Infrasuructure
Products: CitySense Plus (motion sensor with in-built controller), CityManager (light management platform)

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