The technology company of Prague doubled its size last year, this year it will complete the replacement of public transport shelters
Most of the company’s sales are orders from Prague, for which THMP takes care of public lighting and other technologies. “More than 50 percent of sales represent revenues in the field of primary urban infrastructure technology care. Specifically, it concerns the public lighting network, the ceremonial lighting of the tower and public clock monuments, and more than 5,000 kilometers of cable network,” said Jílek.
He added that the company also provides services to companies of the city or city districts, city districts or state organizations. These concern, for example, festive and Christmas lighting or camera systems. However, according to Jílek, these revenues must not exceed 20 percent of all sales, because otherwise the municipality would not be able to award contracts in the so-called in-house mode, i.e. directly without a public tender.
This year, THMP plans to complete the replacement of hundreds of bus shelters, which began in late 2021 and should be completed by mid-year. “This year there are the most sheds to be replaced, but we are going according to plan, 400 will be replaced now, so we will definitely make it on time,” he said.
He added that the company plans to place digital panels at the first 70 stops this year, which will, among other things, inform the people of Prague about events. Their installation should begin in the second quarter and be completed by the end of the year.
In addition, the company plans to focus on solar energy, this year it should install photovoltaic panels on dozens of city buildings. He plans to use the electricity to power technologies such as traffic lights or traffic and camera systems.
At the same time, according to Jílek, the company received a license to trade in electricity, so it will be able to purchase additional energy on the market at the given time, depending on the benefits. In sufficient operation, the company plans to start the project next year and in full in 2025.
Chargers in lamps
The company is also gradually installing chargers for electric cars in selected public lighting lamps, which it is modernizing so that their brightness can be regulated. According to outgoing councilor Jan Chabra (TOP 09), this was manifested during the current energy crisis. “The achieved energy savings will translate into a reduction in energy consumption by more than 30 percent,” he said.
The municipal company THMP was created in 2018 by the transformation of the company TCP-Vinohrady in order to take over the management of public lighting, which until then was handled by the private company Eltodo. Since then, it has also taken over other city technologies such as cameras, traffic lights or traffic and telematics systems. THMP currently employs 280 people.
In Prague, another part of the replacement of public transport stops is coming to an end, it should be finished by the deadline