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Dear Hackney Borough 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 PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.

1.2 If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand London Borough of Hackney 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 London Borough of Hackney

(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 in PPTX, 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 London Borough of Hackney 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 fromLondon Borough of Hackney 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 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.

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 street light 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,

l cant

hackney@infreemation.co.uk, Hackney Borough Council

Dear leejay cant

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hackney@infreemation.co.uk, Hackney Borough Council

Dear  Leejay Cant

 

Re: Freedom of Information Request.

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, received 10 June 2019. Your request has been
considered and our response is in bold below.

 

You requested the following: 

1. Do you have a 5G strategy?
No. We do have a Vision for connectivity in Hackney which makes reference
to 5G technology.
 
1.1 If yes, I request to see the complete strategy, its ambitions and its
objectives in PPTX, Word, PDF or picture format.
Not applicable.
 
1.2 If yes, has the public had the opportunity to read and understand
London Borough of Hackney 5G strategy? Where was this information
published?
Not applicable. We do, however, plan to engage with Hackney residents and
businesses on our Vision for connectivity later this summer.
 
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 London Borough of Hackney
(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.
The Council does not hold any data on existing or planned 5G installations
in the borough.
 
1.4 If no, I request to know when you will be chairing a 5G strategy?
We will develop more detailed plans for how we engage with
telecommunications providers re: 5G once we have received feedback from
the engagement and communication exercise referred to above.
 
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.
As stated above, the Council does not have a 5G strategy. Rob Miller, the
Director of ICT is the overall lead for digital connectivity.
We are advised by Regional Network Solutions on matters to do with
connectivity, including 5G. Please see their web-site for more details:
http://rnetso.net/.
We are also advised by Hub Telecoms Consultancy Ltd on matters relating to
telecommunications. Their website is here: https://www.hubtelecoms.co.uk/.
 
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.
+
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 London Borough of Hackney 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 fromLondon Borough of Hackney that
confirms that UK, EU and International safety standards for workers and
the public have been meet.
Not applicable.
 
4. Do you have a strategy for smart roads and smart signage on Public
Highways and Public spaces?
No    
 
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.
N/A
 
5. Are you planning to rollout or have rolled out LED street lighting?
Yes, the Council is currently rolling out an LED programme.
 
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?
 
The Council has a number of different LED units installed and these are
from a number of manufacturers including Philips, Indo and Urbis. The
fittings are mostly from the Urbis Axia ranges and details of these units
are available from their individual websites.
 
The Telensa Central Management System was rolled out in 2012. It is also
known as telemanagement, are the next step in remote dynamic street
lighting control. Using  a CMS the operator can choose exactly when to
switch each individual street light on or off and/or by how much do reduce
the lamp power. This allows any number of switching events and/or dimming
levels. The CMS also provides other benefits such as fault detection.
 
(b) What type of waveform is the LED? e.g. Square wave?
Please contact the above LED manufacturers who may be able to assist with
your enquiry. 
 
(c) Can you control the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) of the streetlight
system using the CMS?
No. The operator of the CMS can program the dim level of each light which
is then transferred to the light over the interface to the driver; how the
driver implements that is beyond their control. 
 
(d) Can you control the PWM of each streetlight that's connected to the
system?
Each LED luminaire on the public highway can be controlled separately via
CMS suppliers’ host. 
 
(e) What restrictions do you have in place for the control of the PWM?
Please contact individual LED manufacturers
 
(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?
The Council does not hold this information. Please contact the individual
LED manufacturers. 
 
(g) I request to see the training manual and safety operation manual for
the CMS and the LED streetlight system.
The Council does not hold this information. The user guide for the CMS can
be found on the User Interface is proprietary to the system. Please
contact  the LED manufacturers listed above for further advice. Any
product specific training information is provided by the manufacturer and
the Council is unable to provide this information due to copyright. 
 
(h) Who is the company who is or has installed the CMS LED streetlight
system?
The CMS system was installed by Telensa and LED street lights are
currently maintained by term contractor Volker Highways. 
 
(i) What company maintains and repairs the CMS and LED streetlight system?
Please see response above. 
 
(j) What entity and Officer is responsible for the safety standards for
the CMS and LED streetlight system?
The ultimate responsibility for the management of the Council's highway
lighting asset lies with the Head of Service.   
 
(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.
The Council does not hold this information.
 
(l) What is the amount of Blue Light leakage that�s safe for the public
and workers during the LED streetlights operation?
There is no specific value for this at present. 
 
(m) What level of LED streetlight exposure is safe for the public at
daytime and night time?
There is no specified value for this at present. 
 
(n) Is there a legal requirement for diffusers to be fitted to LED
streetlights?
There is no legal requirement for this at present, however diffusers or
shields are installed where appropriate to minimise discomfort glare.
 
(o) How have you have addressed the amount of Oxidative Stress on Human
and Animal cells that's produced from LED?
The Council does not hold this information.
 
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:
This question is not subject to FOI, as it is not asking for recorded
information held by the London Borough of Hackney 
 
6. Where do you have 3G and 4G systems in public spaces and public roads?
The Council is the landowner for 3G and 4G telephony masts in the
following locations:
 
Angrave Court, E84HY
Barrie House, N16 OTX
Chaucer Court, N16 8TS
Gooch House, E5 8DQ
Grange Court, Queensbridge Road
Kingsgate Estate, N1 4DD
Marcon Court, E8 1LW
Lister Court, N16 OBE
Shoreditch House, E1 6AW
Pitcairn House, E9 7PS
The Beckers, N16 7QU

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Management Team

ICT Services
London Borough of Hackney 

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