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Dear Portsmouth City Council,

This is a Freedom of Information Request.
1. Do you have a 5G strategy?
1.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives in Word, PDF or picture format.
1.2 If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand Portsmouth's 5G strategy? Where was this information published?
1.3 I also request a supplementary document that includes the highest level of detail on all 5G technology that’s planned to be used and current in use in public spaces within Portsmouth:
(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers.
(b) Specification sheets of 5G technology.
(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays are not currently 5G, but can be 5G enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades or retrofitting?
(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards is [Council] complying with for the 5G strategy and existing 5G technology.
(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from [Council] that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.
1.4 If no, I request to know when you will be chairing a 5G strategy?
2. I request the name/s of the Officer/s in charge of the 5G strategy and roll out for 5G and Smart Cities; and who their subject area expert or consultancy is, their CV and qualifications on 5G and Smart Cities.
3. Are you in talks with any experts, companies or entities about autonomous vehicles (AV) for public transport and/or private use on Public Highways?
3.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives Word, PDF or picture format.
3.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of detail on:
(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers?
(b) Specification sheets of all technology.
(c) What type of communication system will [Council] be utilising to control the vehicles?
(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your AV strategy and rollout comply with?
(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from Portsmouth that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.
4. Do you have a strategy for smart roads and smart signage on Public Highways and Public spaces?
4.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its objectives in Word, PDF or picture format.
4.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of detail on:
(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity officers?
(b) Specification sheets of all technology.
(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays will not be 5G, but can be 5G enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades or retrofitting etc (you must be specific on anything here)?
(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your 5G strategy and rollout comply with?
(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from [Council] that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.
5. Are you planning to rollout or have rolled out LED street lighting?
5.1 If yes, please answer these questions:
(a) What is the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the LED street light system?
(b) What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave?
(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight system using the CMS?
(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the system?
(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?
(f) What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for the amount of ‘flicker’ (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and for how long?
(g) I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for the CMS and the LED streetlight system.
(h) Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight system?
(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?
(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for the CMS and LED streetlight system?
(k) I request proof e.g. a certificate from [Council] that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.
(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public and workers during the LED streetlights operation?
(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at daytime and night time?
(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED streetlights?
(o) How have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human and Animal cells that’s produced from LED?
5.2 If no, then I request a declaration from [Council] that you will not be installing LED streetlights in the future. If you cannot provide a declaration, I would like the following answered in the future tense:
(a) What is the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the LED street light system?
(b) What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave?
(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight system using the CMS?
(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that’s connected to the system?
(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?
(f) What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for the amount of ‘flicker’ (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and for how long?
(g) I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for the CMS and the LED streetlight system.
(h) Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight system?
(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?
(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for the CMS and LED streetlight system?
(k) I request proof e.g. a certificate from [Council] that confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have been meet.
(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that’s safe for the public and workers during the LED streetlights operation?
(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at daytime and night time?
(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED streetlights?
(o) How have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human and Animal cells that’s produced from LED?
6. Where do you have 3G and 4G systems in public spaces and public roads?

Yours faithfully,

Zara moores

FOI, Portsmouth City Council

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[1]logo_engInformation Governance  

Community & Communications  Services

Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth,
PO1 2AL

Telephone:    023 9268 8482

                                               

                                                                       

 

Reference: FOI2019/0717

 

Dear Ms Moores

 

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 13^th May 2019.

 

Your request is being considered and, subject to the points made below,
you will receive the information requested as promptly as possible within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

If we need to obtain more information from you in order to understand what
information you require, we will contact you. If this is the case, the 20
days time limit will not commence until your request has been clarified.

 

The Act defines a number of exemptions that may prevent release of certain
information.  The City Council will consider whether any of these
exemptions apply and, where required by the Act, whether it is in the
public interest to release the information.  If we have to make a public
interest test, the 20 day time limit might be extended. We will inform you
if the time scale has to be extended and if any information is withheld
and of your rights of appeal.

 

The City Council would like to make you aware that disclosure of
information obtained through FOIA is a disclosure into the public domain.

 

The City Council’s standard approach is to provide the information in the
form in which we hold it.  If you require alternative formats, e.g. audio,
large print, etc. or a different language, please let me know and we will
provide it if reasonably practicable to do so. If your request is a
question and we do not hold the answer in recorded form we will try and
provide an answer where we are able unless it requires the creation of new
information.

 

There may be a fee payable for this information request and we will send
you a Fees Notice if this is the case. Any fee must be paid before the
request is provided.  The time between the issue of the Fees Notice and
receipt of payment is excluded from the calculation of the 20 working day
time limit.

 

Any personal information you provide in relation to this request will only
be used for the purposes of processing your request for information.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact the Corporate
Information Governance Officer at Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices,
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AL, telephone 023 9268 8482,
e-mail [2][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Natasha King

Corporate Information Governance Officer

 

 

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FOI, Portsmouth City Council

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[1]logo_engInformation Governance, Community & Communications Service

Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL

Telephone:    023 9268 8482

 

 

Our Ref: FOI2019/0717

 

Dear Ms Moores

                                   

INFORMATION REQUEST – FOI2019/0717 - 5G Information

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 13th May 2019,
which was considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

In accordance with the Act, Portsmouth City Council confirms it holds the
information in part.

 

YOUR REQUEST & OUR RESPONSE:

 

1. Do you have a 5G strategy? No

 

1.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its
objectives in PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format. N/A

 

1.2 If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand
Portsmouth City Council's 5G strategy? Where was this information
published? N/A

 

1.3 I also request a supplementary document that includes the highest
level of detail on all 5G technology that's planned to be used and current
in use in public spaces within Neath Port City Council Councils: N/A

 

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity
officers.

(b) Specification sheets of all 5G technology.

(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays are not currently 5G, but can be
5G enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades
or retrofitting?

(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards is City Council
Councils complying with for the 5G strategy and existing 5G technology.

(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from City Council Councils that
confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and
the public have been meet.

 

1.4 If no, I request all documentation, memos, emails and communication on
companies and entities you're in talks with regarding the formulation of a
5G strategy. Information not held

 

2. I request the name/s of the Officer/s in charge of the 5G strategy and
roll out including their CV and qualifications in 5G and Smart Cities; and
who their subject area expert or consultancy is, their CV and
qualifications on 5G and Smart Cities. N/A as we don't have a 5G Strategy

 

3. Are you in talks with any experts, companies or entities about
autonomous vehicles (AV) for public transport and/or private use on Public
Highways? No

 

3.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its
objectives in PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format. N/A

 

3.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of
detail on: N/A

 

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity
officers?

(b) Specification sheets of all technology?

(c) What type of communication system will (Council) be utilising to
control the vehicles?

(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your AV strategy
and rollout comply with?

(e) I request proof e.g a certificate from (Council) that confirms that
UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and their public
have been meet.

 

3.3 If no, I request all documentation, memos, emails and communication on
companies and entities you're in talks with regarding the formulations or
an autonomous public and private vehicle technology strategy. Information
not held

 

4. Do you have a strategy for smart roads and smart signage on Public
Highways and Public spaces? No such strategy is held by Portsmouth City
Council

 

4.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its
objectives in PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.

 

4.2 I also request a supplementary document that includes all levels of
detail on:

(a) Companies and entities involved and the names of the company/entity
officers?

(b) Specification sheets of all technology.

(c) What technology e.g. units and arrays will not be 5G, but can be 5G
enabled e.g. with current software, future software, hardware upgrades or
retrofitting etc ( you must be specific on anything here)?

(d) What UK, EU and International safety standards does your 5G strategy
and rollout comply with?

(e) I request proof e.g. a certificate from (Council) that confirms that
UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and the public have
been meet.

 

4.3 If no, I request all documentation, memos, emails and communication on
companies and entities you're in talks with regarding smart roads and
smart signage.

 

We have estimated that the cost to attempt to locate, retrieve and extract
all such communications deemed relevant to your request would exceed the
appropriate limit given in Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act
(£450.00 or 18 hours of officer time). Consequently the Council is not
obliged to comply with your request and, in accordance with Section 17 of
the Act, this letter acts as a refusal notice. We apologise that your
request will not be met but are committed to advising and assisting you in
refining your request to a manageable level. We invite you to contact us
should you wish to discuss how this may be achieved. We hope that you will
appreciate the need for us to engage the Section 12 exemption in this
case.

 

5. Are you planning rollout out LED street lighting?

 

Yes, we are in the process of installing some 14,500 LED street lighting
units, with a Central Management System, on our residential, secondary,
and principle roads networks.

 

5.1 If yes, please answer these questions:

 

(a)  What is the CMS and specification of the software and hardware of the
LED street light system?

 

Detailed specification is attached above: CMS manufacturer is 'Mayflower',
and the LED manufacturer is 'Philips Lighting'.

 

(b)  What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave?

 

We do not hold this level of technical detail

 

(c)  Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight
system using the CMS?

 

We do not hold this level of technical detail

 

(d)  Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that's connected to the
system?

 

We do not hold this level of technical detail

 

(e)  What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?

 

We do not hold this level of technical detail

 

(f)   What is the UK, EU and International safety limit (low and high) for
the amount of 'flicker' (Hz) the Human Body and eyes can be exposed to and
for how long?

 

We do not hold this level of technical detail

 

(g)  I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for
the CMS and the LED streetlight system.

 

Information not held at this time. Design of the training manuals is
taking place by Mayflower and Philips Lighting.

 

(h)  Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight
system?

 

Ensign and Colas Lighting.

 

(I)            What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED
streetlight system?

 

Ensign and Colas Lighting.

 

(i)    What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for
the CMS and LED streetlight system?

 

In 2004, Portsmouth City Council entered into a private finance initiative
contract with Ensign Highways (delivered by Colas Ltd) which, in return
for a fixed annual fee of approximately £23m, ensures the rehabilitation
and maintenance of the highway infrastructure of Portsmouth.

The contract sets out very specific levels of service that must be kept to
at all times and rigorous specifications for the day-to-day maintenance of
the highways.

This means, for example, that response times to repair defects are now
dramatically shorter than they were before the contract started and that
the council is able to budget more effectively.

Under the contract, Colas are responsible for streetlights, including the
safety standards for the CMS and LED streetlight system.

We do not however hold the name of the Officer at Colas who is responsible
for this.  

For more information about the PFI contract, please follow the link

[2]http://www.streets-ahead.uk.com/home.asp

 

(j)    I request proof e.g. a certificate from City Council Councils that
confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and
the public have been meet.

 

This information is not held by the Council. The contract for installing
the LED lights is with Ensign Highways Limited. The attached Works
Information (required under the NEC3 ECC form of contract) details the
health and safety obligations that the Contractor is expected to adhere to
(pages 26 and 27 are relevant).

 

(k)  What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that's safe for the public
and workers during the LED streetlights operation?

 

There has been much debate about the Blue Light content with LED lighting.
For Portsmouth's street lighting we have chosen an LED 'white' natural
light source at 4,000 Kevin's, which is now recognised as the Street
Lighting Industry's Standard.

 

'Natural Health England' latest report findings are that there is no
adverse effects to health relating to LED lighting.   

 

(l)    What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at
daytime and night time?

 

'Natural Health England' latest report findings are that there is no
adverse effects to health relating to LED lighting.   

 

(m) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED
streetlights?

 

There are no requirements to fit diffusers to LED street lights, and
through good street lighting design practices these should not be
required. However, as and when we receive a request for a diffuser to be
installed, we fit one.

 

(n)  how have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human
and Animal cells that's produced from LED?

 

We do not hold this level of technical detail.

 

6. Where do you have 3G and 4G systems in public spaces and public roads
and what are the makes and models?

 

Information not held

 

Under the Re- Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (SI
2015/1415) the supplied information may not be re-used without obtaining
the permission of Portsmouth City Council.

 

We trust that our response fulfils your request, however, you have the
right to appeal against this decision or to complain about our treatment
of your request.  If you wish to do so, please set out in writing your
grounds of complaint and send to the Corporate Information Governance
Officer at Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square,
Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AL, telephone 023 9268 8482, e-mail
[3][email address].

Should you be dissatisfied with the outcome of the complaints decision you
may wish to follow the Portsmouth City Council’s Compliments and
Complaints procedure which can be found on the Portsmouth City Council
website or by contacting the Civic Offices.

 

Once these processes have been exhausted you have a further right of
appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

[4]https://ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Natasha King

Corporate Information Governance Officer

 

From: FOI
Sent: 14 May 2019 13:20
To: 'Zara moores' <[FOI #576090 email]>; FOI
<[Portsmouth City Council request email]>
Subject: FOI2019/0717 - 5G Information

 

[5]logo_engInformation Governance  

Community & Communications  Services

Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth,
PO1 2AL

Telephone:    023 9268 8482

                                               

                                                                       

 

Reference: FOI2019/0717

 

Dear Ms Moores

 

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

 

Thank you for your request for information received on 13^th May 2019.

 

Your request is being considered and, subject to the points made below,
you will receive the information requested as promptly as possible within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

If we need to obtain more information from you in order to understand what
information you require, we will contact you. If this is the case, the 20
days time limit will not commence until your request has been clarified.

 

The Act defines a number of exemptions that may prevent release of certain
information.  The City Council will consider whether any of these
exemptions apply and, where required by the Act, whether it is in the
public interest to release the information.  If we have to make a public
interest test, the 20 day time limit might be extended. We will inform you
if the time scale has to be extended and if any information is withheld
and of your rights of appeal.

 

The City Council would like to make you aware that disclosure of
information obtained through FOIA is a disclosure into the public domain.

 

The City Council’s standard approach is to provide the information in the
form in which we hold it.  If you require alternative formats, e.g. audio,
large print, etc. or a different language, please let me know and we will
provide it if reasonably practicable to do so. If your request is a
question and we do not hold the answer in recorded form we will try and
provide an answer where we are able unless it requires the creation of new
information.

 

There may be a fee payable for this information request and we will send
you a Fees Notice if this is the case. Any fee must be paid before the
request is provided.  The time between the issue of the Fees Notice and
receipt of payment is excluded from the calculation of the 20 working day
time limit.

 

Any personal information you provide in relation to this request will only
be used for the purposes of processing your request for information.

 

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact the Corporate
Information Governance Officer at Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices,
Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AL, telephone 023 9268 8482,
e-mail [6][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Natasha King

Corporate Information Governance Officer

 

 

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