Riyadh to install more LED streetlights

Updated 07 September 2015
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Riyadh to install more LED streetlights

RIYADH: The Riyadh municipality has intensified its efforts to rationalize energy consumption in street lighting by increasing reliance on energy-saving (LED) systems and expanding the use of solar energy.
This comes as part of the governorate's plans to decrease the consumption of the electric power that is used for lighting the streets and squares of the capital.
As part of the plan, it will reduce the voltage during the late evening in order to trim down consumption by 30 percent. Additionally, older lighting systems will be replaced with mercury sodium lanterns, which will reduce consumption by another 35 to 40 percent.
The plan also introduces technical solutions to the problem of unpredictable lighting at terminal control stations, which results from the damage caused to photovoltaic cells through weathering. To do this, the city will install 'Astronomical Clocks', which will be programmed in advance to respond at sunset and sunrise. This is expected to reduce consumption by approximately 10 percent.
According to its report, the rationalization projects implemented already include the installation of a sophisticated system to control lighting networks remotely through the terminal control stations. These stations collect information from sensors installed on the columns of the lights and sends them automatically to the central control room which connects all of the lighting networks neighborhoods of Riyadh. This move reduces maintenance costs by making it easy to locate any faults in the network and to conduct follow-up repairs.
“These modern plans are being implemented across all lighting networks in all streets and squares. The LED systems have proven to be excellent in terms of energy efficiency, and can reduce consumption by more than 55 percent,” said the director general of the operation and maintenance center at Riyadh governorate, Abdullah Al-Shareif.


Saudi Arabia’s first electronic cochlear implant performed in Jubail 

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Saudi Arabia’s first electronic cochlear implant performed in Jubail 

  • The implant was successfully conducted for a 15-month-old baby who was born completely deaf

JUBAIL: A medical team at the Royal Commission Hospital in Jubail has performed Saudi Arabia’s first electronic cochlear implant operation.

The head of the team, Dr. Mohammed Al-Sheikh, said the implant was successfully conducted for a 15-month-old baby who was born completely deaf. An Auditory Brainstem Response test was previously run to ascertain the nature of the baby’s condition when the parents noticed its failure to respond to sound.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Muqbel, head of the health services program at the Royal Commission in Jubail, praised the efforts of Al-Sheikh and his staff. Al-Sheikh added that credit was also due to the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at the hospital, which worked in collaboration with the audiology unit to provide early intervention and treatment for babies born with hearing defects.

The operation, meanwhile, represents a groundbreaking moment in technological development for Saudi medicine, making the next generation of auditory aids available to citizens, and removing barriers for deaf children from an increasingly early age.