Technologies of the Capital City of Prague (THMP) completed the construction of the first crossing lighting out of a total of 53, which are planned this year as part of the delivery for the Department of Transport of the Capital City of Prague. A total of 15 city districts will gradually receive new lighting. The first installations were completed in Ústřední and Archimédová streets in Prague 15. The capital will spend approximately 29 million crowns on the entire project.
“For safe movement in traffic, it is essential to see and, above all, to be seen. By illuminating the crossings, we improve conditions for both pedestrians and drivers, who can see those crossing earlier and thus avoid unnecessary collisions.” he said Zdenek Hribdeputy mayor of the capital city of Prague for the area of transport.
According to Michal Hroza, Prague councilor for technical infrastructure, most of Prague’s city districts will see increases. “Lighting will be added, among other things, at the entrance to Letenské sady, near the Czech Technical University, at Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrady or on other busy streets where trams also run – we are talking about Francouzská, Seifertov or Střešovická. In the future, we are counting on other critical locations throughout Prague,” said Hroza.
The actual installation of the lighting in one location takes about 3-4 weeks, but it is preceded by time-consuming stages of design, engineering and securing of delivery and works. “We carry out design work for each transition separately. During the lighting-technical calculations, the designers verify whether the lighting is suitable for the given location and take into account a whole range of aspects – possible collision of networks, ideal adaptation of the driver’s vision to changing lighting conditions on the road or also the distance of residential buildings that could be affected by disturbing light, which not desirable. At the same time, the calculation must be in accordance with the applicable standard, which is stricter than for ordinary public lighting.” he explained Tomáš JílekChairman of the Board of THMP.
The newly installed lights have flat glass and directional optics that are gentler on the night sky, and LED sources with a light temperature that ensures optimal color rendering important for increasing the safety of road traffic, especially pedestrians. In addition to the construction of new ones, THMP also provides service and maintenance for more than 1,300 existing crossing lighting in the capital city. The lighting in Prague is switched on one hour before public lighting and goes off one hour later.
THMP is the administrator and service partner of a wide range of technological devices in the metropolis. The company’s flagship is the care of the public lighting network, including public and tower clocks, provision of light Christmas decorations and Christmas trees. It also takes care of the city’s camera system, light signaling devices, traffic and telematics systems, and operates a non-stop dispatch center for managing service calls and reporting failures of all technologies. It is now involved in smart solutions for Prague in the field of e-mobility and photovoltaics and restores furniture at public transport stops. The goal of THMP is a functioning smart city that is pleasant for the lives of residents and its visitors.