Rising fuel prices, the growing problem of road congestion and the need to move towards sustainability make rail more than ever the most appropriate means of transport. There has never been a better time to reduce costs and build confidence in outdoor areas
For over 115 years, Schréder, an independent, family-owned company, has dedicated itself to exploring everything there is about the potential of light, constantly pushing the boundaries of technological innovations. Expertise, passion, innovation, and sustainability drive 2,600+ employees to use the power of light for the safety and well-being of all, from public spaces to higher-risk environments, such as railway stations, commuter routes and carparks, where the consequences of a dark or dimly lit area can lead to injuries.
In May 2022, Woolwich railway station was opened for the first time to the public as part of the Elizabeth Line, after Crossrail announced the handover of ownership to TFL (Transport for London). Operating up to twelve trains per hour travelling to Canary Wharf and Central London, this ‘new’ station was built by Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and designed by Weston Williamson, Mott MacDonald, and Arup Group (engineering).
Crossrail describes the station as a ‘portal connecting the elements of the surrounding heritage listed buildings and the large retail units, to enhance the experience both in and out of the station.’ Additionally, their unique urban realm design not only improves the experience for visitors inside, but also connects the station to the wider town centre.
Amongst the complimentary and architecturally thought-out designs surrounding the station, you can also find multiple 5.2-metre Schréder black polyester SHUFFLE units, at the forefront of the station, directing and helping people travel with ease. 360° and 180 ° camera modules were added to the multi-functional Schréder SHUFFLE columns creating a safe, pleasant place, informing and entertaining people, whilst the relighting of the approach roads – Station way, with SENSO lanterns and Woolwich New Road with AXIA GEN 2 blends into the area elegantly, guiding people safely from main street to station.
The comfortable ambient lighting creates attractive environments, while state-of-the-art surveillance cameras, with digital zoom or fully motorised control, keeps an eye on people and their valuables such as bicycles, deterring the unwary and providing a sense of security.
Schréder takes the smart LED
With energy prices relentlessly rising, there has never been a better time for local authorities to reduce overhead costs, prioritise safety and build confidence in outdoor areas. Money is often wasted on poorly designed systems which don’t benefit the comfort of the commuters/ travellers or your finances, and what people don’t know is that installing the optimal lighting solution for each area of the station also offers significant financial savings too.
Schréder’s EXEDRA, is a remote-control system which allows you to monitor, meter and manage in a lighting network. It is a complete solution based on open standards and protocols. Schréder’s EXEDRA offers a unique combination of state-of-the-art technology and an easy-to-use web interface to control each luminaire, at all times, through a secure internet connection. With bi-directional communication, the operating status, energy consumption and possible failures can be monitored. As a result, this improves efficiency: accurate real-time data and energy savings of up to 85 per cent.
Whether it is the station forefront, carparks, platforms, footbridges, tunnels, junctions, or maintenance pits, Schréder’s dedicated systems offer solutions to suit YOUR space. Schréder’s expertise enables any environment to be transformed into a safe, sustainable, and cost-effective place where the commuters can travel with ease and no worries. Schréder’s lighting systems also require less maintenance than traditional discharge lamps, which means another reduction in costs.
However, connecting your luminaires is not just about adding in a control system to the products you are having installed, it’s much more than that. It is about control of the area you are lighting, it’s about the space the lights are in and the people who are using that space, it’s about delivering solutions beyond lighting for electric mobility, security, information, and entertainment. Is the light right for type of areas? Are you lighting an area to reduce the crime rate? What type of lighting will attract people to use that space? And do you need to dim the light during certain hours of the night but have the control to be able to make them bright again should there be an emergency? Are you wanting to look for energy efficient lighting, a more sustainable solution that reduces your costs?
So, by taking all of this into consideration, the place, the space, the people, the light, the control, let’s get connected!
Why Urbis Schréder?
High quality, yet energy-efficient and low-maintenance lighting provides a strategic asset for the development of a sustainable and beneficial railway infrastructure. Urbis Schréder’s wide range of lighting solutions for the rail industry, combined with the company’s expertise and outstanding heritage in delivering breakthrough projects, creates the best possible experience for passengers and staff in the station environment.
Critical to delivering a safe and pleasant passenger experience inside and in the vicinity of a station is appropriate lighting solutions. New technology also offers the rail industry the ability to improve station lighting and significantly reduce cost. By combining traditional street lighting, LED handrails, continuous tiled lighting, and ground level inclination lighting; it is possible to create a bright and effective environment. The improved visibility reduces the risk of crime in a station environment and increases passenger confidence.
Schréder’s solutions are not just limited to rail, but also extend to interior and exterior lighting such as workspace, roads, architectural buildings, urban deco, sports, cities/communities etc. As the company has done so for many years, it provides beneficial LED alternatives to luminaires with fluorescent lamps and can offer a uniform and comfortable lighting suited to any area of choice, whether that’s interior or exterior, helping enhance spaces and create places, people love to live, learn, travel, and play in.
To find out how Schréder can support your vision for connected, safe and sustainable places get in touch via the contact information below.
Tel: 01256 354446
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