Opinions, think-pieces, articles and observations around smart cities and the future of urban living.
Telensa and Eaton Lighting have worked together for a decade in projects covering hundreds of thousands of streetlights. Last month we made our alliance official by signing an agreement in September at the IES Street and Area Lighting Conference in San Diego. The purpose of the alliance is to work more closely together to deliver connected solutions for outdoor LED lighting and related smart city applications - to utilities, cities and Departments of Transport across North America.
At Smart City Expo this year, Telensa and Microsoft demonstrated the power of a platform approach to smart city applications and data insights.
Over the past couple of months Telensa has been hosting Smart City Forums, inviting local authorities and others in the smart lighting industry to discuss the evolution and future of smart cities. It’s been a pleasure to see new and familiar faces and we’re thankful to all those that contributed and participated. Below is a recap of the forum held at Sony’s UK Tech Centre in Pencoed, Wales, where all Telensa products are made:
Telensa recently supported key partner Kainos in its design week programme with Aston University. The theme this year was about exploring new solutions made possible by a connected, intelligent urban environment.
Dr Jon Lewis is our Chief Strategy Officer. His background spans technology innovation and product delivery across a wide set of industries from mobile communications to healthcare. At Telensa Jon has pioneered several smart city applications, including smart parking and smart waste management. More recently he has led the Urban Data Project - a new approach to the collection and responsible use of data by cities, transforming trust and privacy using artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The infographic below contains the three biggest takeaways for a successful smart street lighting update from Navigant's case study 'The Utility Case for Smart Street Lighting'. Read more about benefits of centrally controlled street lights for utilities.
How cities can act to turn the fear of smart technologies into hope for a better future
The road to becoming a smart city requires cities to pick up new skills. Cities need to develop new infrastructure and new policies for gathering and utilising data.
A third of world’s roads are still lit with 1960s technology, and the energy consumption of old street lights can amount to 40% of city’s energy consumption. The wave of affordable LED technology has helped the energy reduction and many cities have taken the savings to the next level with networked lights and central management system (CMS).