Smart streetlighting project in Lincolnshire nears completion

Pilot project aims to boost energy efficiency, generate cost savings, improve safety & reduce pollution

Scottish technology company arbnco has been selected as the delivery partner for a first-of-its-kind smart street lighting pilot in Lincolnshire, in partnership with South Kesteven District Council, which draws to a close this month. In addition to providing the highest quality LED street lighting, arbnco has deployed IoT technology to monitor air quality and footfall in the community during the trial.

The pilot will help the Council reduce its energy consumption, and support its ambition to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% before 2030. It is expected to deliver energy savings of at least 60%.

The project forms part of the IoT for Local Authorities programme run by Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre. The programme aims to help local authorities harness the potential of IoT by collaborating with start-up and scale-up technology companies.

Twelve street light heads have been installed for the pilot, which will collect data on their surroundings: four on a public footpath in Grantham; four at Stamford bus station; and four at Cattle Market car park in Stamford. They are fully integrated with smart technology, offering sensor control and dimming, with some of the lights also providing air quality and video monitoring.

Data collected by the lights is streamed in real time to a control dashboard via the cloud, allowing the Council to make informed data-led decisions, interventions and optimisation strategies.

The LED chips used in the light heads are more durable and efficient than the existing metal halide lamps across the district, and will generate a minimum of 60% reduction in energy cost for the Council during the trial period. They are also able to simulate natural daylight with a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 95, bringing a new level of safety to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

All twelve street lights are fitted with timing and dimming controls to reduce their energy consumption through the night. The lights along the footpath also have a built-in camera, allowing the dimming to be controlled via motion-detection. At night, these lights will be reduced from 70W to 5W to reduce wastage, and will brighten again when they detect movement. The video monitoring also enables the Council to monitor footfall and direction of travel along the path.

In addition to the enhanced controls, the lights at the bus station are also fitted with sensors to monitor air quality, helping the Council to reduce pollution levels. Sensors on the lights will monitor temperature, humidity, and pressure, as well as compounds that can be particularly harmful to humans, such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particulate matter. This will allow South Kesteven District Council to understand air quality in the area, how it might affect residents, and take measures to improve it.

South Kesteven Councillor Dr Peter Moseley, Cabinet Member for Commercial & Operations, said: “We are continually looking for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint and save money and this is a great example of using the latest technologies to do both. IoT technology is playing an increasingly important role in local government, and offers the opportunity to remotely control and monitor the condition of equipment, and make the best use of resources.”

arbnco won the pilot contract after a competitive process which saw thirteen organisations pitch. Peter Karney, Head of Product Innovation at Digital Catapult, said: “South Kesteven District Council had a plan to roll out a new lighting system across the borough, and we have worked with them to consider what other sensors they could install as part of that, to make the network more intelligent. arbnco’s technology will provide a level of insight that was previously completely unattainable for the Council. On top of this, they have a proven record of delivery and will be able to deliver at scale, should the council decide to roll this smart lighting out across its network.”

arbnco is working with SSE Enterprise Contracting, and its subsidiary company Mayflower Smart Control, on the delivery of the pilot. They have installed Mayflower Central Management System (CMS) which will assist with maintenance and data reporting. By analysing the data that is fed from the streetlights into the CMS, arbnco will also be able to determine the length of the payback period for the Council, at which point the cost of installation would be covered by the resulting energy savings made.

Simon West, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at arbnco, said: “Today, IoT technology enables us to develop much more intelligent networks, which bring significant benefits for local authorities. This project is going to generate substantial energy savings, help to reduce night-time crime by ensuring the community is as well-lit as it can be, and enable the Council to monitor air quality, one of the biggest public health crises of our times. We’re looking forward to providing the Council with actionable insights, through gathering data that was previously inaccessible to them.”

arbnco’s smart lighting technology will also be installed in Digital Catapult’s HQ in London. It will be on display in the Catapult’s Future Networks Lab which showcases IoT technology, alongside international technology companies such as Siemens and IBM.

The pilot with South Kesteven District Council concludes at the end of February 2020. If successful, it could lead to the Council rolling out the smart street lighting across its network, totalling 3,600 lights.

Smarter sports facilities for Fingal

Fingal AQ 4Mayflower Smart Control has worked with SSE Airtricity Utility Solutions to install Smart City sensors around the Lusk Sports Complex 

In early 2019, SSE Airtricity Solutions (SSE AUS) installed a trial Mayflower Central Management System (CMS) at Lusk Sports Complex on behalf of Fingal County Council.

Comprised of 38 Nodes and 1 Sub Master, the central management system has been in control of the lighting outputs for the Philips Lumistreet luminaires situated across the sports complex. By installing Mayflower CMS, the sports complex now has the capability to automate switching and dimming regimes and subsequently improve energy efficiency and reliability of the floodlights.

Following the successful CMS trial, Fingal County Council has worked with Mayflower Smart Control to investigate how smart sensors and applications can assist in the development of a smart environment.

Fingal AQ 1In September 2019, Mayflower proposed a solution that included trials of Libelium air quality sensors, noise sensors and weather stations. The smart sensors would connect to the existing Mayflower Lighting Network across the area, minimising both financial cost and installation time. Using a Zigbee communication protocol generated by the Mayflower Lighting Network, the sensors will feed back data into Mayflower Smart Cities and Places.

Mayflower Smart Cities and Places is SSE Enterprise’s latest IoT deployment, created as an extension of the Mayflower product suite. Designed with ultra-connectivity in mind, Mayflower Smart Cities and Places has the ability to integrate both smart sensors and smart applications through networks such as Zigbee, LoRaWAN, NB-IoT, WiFi and cellular.

Installation of the smart sensors was completed in October 2019. Fingal County Council now have the ability to view, analyse and export data such as rainfall, wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, CO, CO2 and SO2 in Mayflower Smart Cities and Places. Following detailed analysis, the data provided is able to assist Fingal County Council in development of pollution and environmental action plans for the local area.

A spokesperson for Fingal County Council, commented: “It has been great to witness Mayflower Smart Cities and Places in action, and understand more about how the technology works. Fingal County Council are committed to reducing pollution levels across the county and look forward to discussing how SSE’s latest smart solutions can help us to achieve this.”

Mayflower Smart Cities and Places is now available for commercial use, and any interested parties are encouraged to contact SmartCities@sse.com for more information.

Slough Borough Council to monitor air pollution outside schools using smart lighting network

Mayflower Smart Control are working in partnership with air quality analytics experts Ricardo, to provide insight into the levels of air pollution in the vicinity of a number of Slough schools. Data will be collected via the Mayflower Smart Lighting network with results collated and analysed on the Mayflower Smart City and Places Platform.

Slough AQMALocated in the Thames Valley west of London, the borough of Slough currently has five air quality management areas (AQMAs), including some in the vicinity of primary and nursery schools. Following a successful funding application by Slough Borough Council to DEFRA, Mayflower Smart Control are working in partnership with Ricardo, Vaisala and the lighting contractor to undertake in-depth analysis of air quality for Slough Borough Council.

The project will evaluate the air quality in the vicinity of the schools and assess the use of this latest sensor technology against existing approaches using NO2 diffusion tubes, both in terms of accuracy and cost. A particular focus for the monitoring will be the analysis of school drop-off and pick-up activities, and the impacts on NO2 and particulate pollution across these periods.

The Mayflower Smart Cities and Places platform supports the connection of smart sensors and devices through a range of protocols, the interactive geographical mapping of connected assets, the integration and analysis of the resultant data and the integration of third party applications, such as MODUS, into the platform’s App Store to either generate or exploit available sensor and device data.

Patrick Mitchell, Head of Mayflower, commented: “Having worked closely and collaboratively with Slough Borough Council on several smart deployments, Mayflower are pleased to be involved in a project that will deliver valuable insight, informing decisions benefitting both schools and school children. The integration of the air quality data into our new Smart City Platform will provide a complete view of Slough’s smart deployments.”

“Councils across the UK are focused on improving local level air quality and especially in protecting the most vulnerable members of the community. New technology combined with insightful analysis are critical to help understand and address these challenges,” commented Ricardo air quality monitoring business manager, Paul Willis. “We are proud to be working with Mayflower Smart Control, Vaisala and Slough Borough Council to deliver this important work evaluating air quality close to the Borough’s schools.”

Installation and commissioning of the project will commence in November 2019 with a report on the findings being provided to DEFRA and Slough Borough Council a year later in November 2020.

Mayflower to present at HEA Annual Conference

On Thursday 31 October, Mayflower Smart Control will be presenting a technical paper at the HEA Annual Conference, Exhibition and Awards Dinner 2019 at Celtic Manor Resort and Hotel.

Working in partnership with Vaisala, Ricardo and Slough Borough Council, Mayflower’s Senior Product Development Engineer, Muhammad Ali, in conjunction with partner representatives, will be providing insight into our latest smart sensor deployment.

Following a successful DEFRA funding application by Slough Borough Council, Mayflower’s latest smart sensor deployment will be focused around monitoring air quality and pollution levels in the vicinity of schools in Slough. The aim of the project is to monitor NO2 emission levels, created as a result of vehicle emissions during peak periods.

Patrick Mitchell, Head of Mayflower, said: “presenting a technical paper at this year’s HEA event is an excellent opportunity to provide insight into just one of the projects we are currently working on with our partners. Muhammad and Paul are looking forward to presenting the paper and will be available to discuss with delegates similar innovative initiatives enabled through Mayflower’s new smart city capabilities that can help them transition cities and towns towards the future.”

The Mayflower Smart Control team will be available throughout the day to exhibit their latest product developments, including interactive demonstrations of the new Mayflower Smart City Platform.

Stephen Stead, Director of Strategy and Digital Services for SSE Enterprise, added: “we have developed the platform to address a number of key local authority drivers. Specifically, the platform will allow local authority and third party sensors and devices to exploit the Zigbee and LoRa communications protocols provided by underlying smart lighting systems as well as additional protocols such as 3G and 4G. Its App Store approach coupled with third-party data feeds, will stimulate innovation in city services that utilise these sensors and devices. This coupled with the detailed analytics supported by the platform will maximise opportunities for service optimisation and cost reduction. We are very excited by this this and future planned developments, such as the connection from the street light to in-home devices.”

The full event day programme for the conference is now available to view online.

If you are attending the exhibition, please come and say hello, and don’t forget you can also vote for us as HEA-HEMSA Member of the Year Award in the HEA Awards.

We look forward to speaking with you on 31 October to help realise the future of Smart Cities.

Introducing our new Business Development Manager

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Mayflower Smart Control are delighted to announce Barry Ayling as our new UK Business Development Manager. Barry will be focused on developing the Mayflower profile across the UK and Ireland and presenting our latest Smart City innovations to market.

Barry brings with him a wealth of experience in lighting, having worked in the industry for over 20 years. Throughout his career he has worked in a variety of roles including client, consultant and contractor. Barry joins us from SSE Enterprise, where he was employed as Lighting Design Manager, upholding responsibility for both energy saving and smart connected lighting projects across the UK.

Patrick Mitchell, Head of Mayflower Smart Control, said: “Barry is a highly-experienced lighting professional that understands the complexity of challenges faced within the lighting industry. One of Mayflower’s primary functions is reducing the energy consumption and carbon emissions of local authorities, and it is great to have someone with Barry’s level of experience in this field join us.

Our Smart City proposition is progressing day-by-day with the installation of new sensor trials and our Smart City Platform development; it is a very exciting time for Barry to be joining the team and we are very much looking forward to being able to offer clients a full Smart City solution in due course.”

Barry will be representing Mayflower Smart Control at the ILP Professional Lighting Summit next week in Newcastle (12 – 13 June). Over the course of the exhibition he will be at stand number 3 along with Technical Sales Manager, Stephen Green, to discuss our latest technology developments with clients, partners and colleagues.

Mayflower would like to welcome Barry to the UK team, and wish him every success in his new role.

Mayflower to exhibit amongst industry professionals

Mayflower Smart Control are set to join industry experts, lighting enthusiasts and fellow members of the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) at the Professional Lighting Summit 2019 on 12 and 13 June 2019 at the Life Science Centre, Newcastle.

We will be exhibiting at stand number 3 throughout the 2-day event, whilst showcasing a range of products and services, including the latest news about our Smart City Platform.

It would be great to see some of our colleagues, clients and friends during the course of the exhibition, so if you are in the local area please do come and say hello. Alternatively, please email enquiries@mayflowercontrol.com to arrange a convenient appointment with our Technical Sales team.

Entry to the Professional Lighting Summit Exhibition is free and open to all, not just ILP members. We are very much looking forward to attending both the exhibition and annual networking dinner – hopefully we’ll see you there!

For full event information, including the CPD programme, visit: https://www.theilp.org.uk/events/professional-lighting-summit-2019/

Introducing our new colleague

RosemaryFollowing further growth to the business, Mayflower Smart Control have appointed a new member of the team to join their UK staff base.

We welcome Rosemary Norman who joins Mayflower from SSE Metering and Smart Transformation (MaST) as our new Administrator. Prior to joining SSE in May 2012, Rose came from a background in retail finance and graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 in Media Studies.

Stephen Green, Technical Sales Manager for Mayflower Smart Control, commented: “Rose joined the team in February and, as expected, has already hit the ground running in her new role. Her experience of previous customer-facing roles is evident, providing a continuity of contact for our customers, and invaluable administrative support for the Mayflower team.”

Rosemary will soon be joined by another new member of the team to further support the future needs of Mayflower within the innovative structure of Digital Services.

Mayflower Smart Control would like to welcome Rosemary to the team and wish her every success in her new role.

 

About Mayflower Smart Control

Mayflower Smart Control is a leading Central Management System with over 400,000 installations across the UK. As intelligent street lighting specialists, Mayflower collaborate with world-leading technology innovators to develop fully integrated Smart City solutions. Mayflower Smart Control is part of SSE Enterprise Distributed Energy who combine expertise in Utilities, EV infrastructure, Digital Services, Heat Networks and Building Management Services.

For more information, visit: www.mayflowercontrol.com

Slough Borough Council says yes to new Smart City technology

Innovative technology businesses Mayflower Smart Control and InTouch Ltd have teamed up to provide combined Smart City technologies to Slough Borough Council. The Smart City dashboard allows the council a full city overview of controllable street lighting and a proactive drain management system.

Following detailed collaboration and technical development, an initial trial was deployed in March 2019 to validate the two Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in a live site location. After a highly successful field trial, Slough Borough Council has now confirmed installation of a further 20 sensor project across the borough, to be installed in June 2019.

Mayflower Smart Control has provided the Central Management System (CMS) which controls and monitors the entirety of Slough Borough’s lighting network, managing the LED street lighting output, dimming profiles, switching regimes and back office reporting to record and report energy expenditure. The CMS was deployed as part of the LED upgrade programme.

InTouch Ltd’s SmartWater facilitates a shift to a data-driven approach to gully management, using predictive analytics and IoT sensors to provide detailed information so that highway operators can proactively tackle road surface flooding.

Previously, gully management in Slough was always done with a manual inventory rota check using a paper-based system resulting in instructions given to each gully team to unblock drains that have been reported to the council.

Sing-Wai Yu, Service Manager at Slough Borough Council, said: “We were very keen to start using Smart City and Internet of Things technologies for a variety of environmental factors, for efficiency and to save money. Early results of this trial have been encouraging, we’re now signing up to carry out the next phase of the trial with a view to roll out this technology across our borough. As a Local Authority, we are always looking to work with companies who offer innovation through technology, combined with significant financial savings.

John Walden, Managing Director of InTouch Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Mayflower and with Slough Borough Council, and look forward to a long-term working relationship on this and other projects.

There is a vast amount of potential for IoT sensors and wireless networks to revolutionise how local authorities monitor assets and the environment with real-time live updates enabling them to respond accordingly.”

Patrick Mitchell, Head of Mayflower Smart Control, said: “This project is another demonstration of utilising the Smart lighting network for additional Smart City applications that results in tangible benefits for a local authority and its residents.

Developing a working solution with InTouch Ltd has allowed the client to seamlessly integrate an effective gully monitoring solution into its existing Mayflower CMS lighting network. The successful integration of InTouch’s gully sensors is another step toward building a fully ‘Smart’ environment in Slough.”

Mayflower, which is part of SSE Enterprise Digital Services, became Slough Borough Council’s trusted CMS partner in 2016 supplying the Smart lighting controls as part of the borough-wide LED upgrade. The resulting saving from LED and CMS has achieved circa 43% in annual energy and carbon savings.

InTouch Ltd works with a number of Local Authorities across the UK and its IoT gully sensors and advanced predictive technologies have already demonstrated gully cleansing savings of 50% and reduced problem gullies from 25% to 5% in a recent ground-breaking trial.

The SmartWater technology was developed in partnership with Lancaster University, Innovate UK and industry partners, and has undergone 10 years of rigorous testing and pilot projects.

The SmartWater system is also beneficial to local authorities by providing risk-based evidence for maintenance and improvement of the gully asset. This approach is consistent with the most recent (2017) UKRLG Code of Practice for Well Managed Highways and is endorsed by the Department for Transport.

The first steps to a Smarter Environment

To read this article in magazine format, as published by the ILP Lighting Journal, click here 

Streetlights are widely recognised as the ‘gateway’ to smart cities. They are conveniently situated at regular intervals adjacent to the roads and footpaths that connect our towns and cities; they have a power supply and the light source is mounted on secure infrastructure high above the carriageway.

Many local authorities have already invested in Central Management Systems (CMS) to allow total flexibility and control for lighting policy, resulting in efficiency gains and substantial financial savings.

The resulting connected network now offers multiple possibilities and opportunities to assist with the development and deployment of smart applications. From the monitoring and reporting of air quality, noise, road temperature, gully status, waterways, weather conditions, footfall and vehicle counts, through to EV charging and dynamic lighting control, the applications are infinite, resulting in more efficient and intelligent use of resources.

However, for local authorities looking to implement smart applications, which after all can potentially impact every single resident within the boundaries of the city or county, it is imperative to trial such technology. This is exactly what Slough Borough Council has done with the assistance of Mayflower Smart Control and Hyperion Infrastructure Consultancy – work that this article is going to focus on and highlight.

SLOUGH’S FIRST STEPS TO ‘SMART’

Early in 2016, Slough Borough Council made its first steps into ‘smart’ by installing our CMS.  The inclusion of Mayflower CMS with LED lanterns into its borough-wide street lighting upgrade project is now delivering energy savings of 43%. It is also providing the council with the ability to manage and regulate its lighting dynamically, whilst directly monitoring the performance of its streetlights.

Following the completion of the upgrade project in 2017, the council opted to maximise its investment in CMS and LED by commissioning Hyperion to undertake an adaptive street lighting trial.

This took place over a period of two months (between February to March 2018) and was designed to determine a number of factors that could affect implementation of the CMS into any new lighting policy. This included:

  • Ease of applying profiles to lighting output
  • Success of communication
  • Number of adjustments needed to the defined lighting regime
  • Number of times system had to be overridden by CCTV team
  • Complaints from the public
  • Reduction in energy consumption and CO2 levels.

During this time Hyperion worked closely with both us at Mayflower and energy consultancy Power Data Associates to ensure the trial would reach its intended objectives.

Prior to the rollout of the trial, extensive risk assessment and contingency planning was also carried out to ensure minimal potential disruption to council residents. One element of this was gauging the impact of dimming on CCTV imagery, as it was essential to determine the optimal dimming level for streetlights near CCTV cameras that would still maintain the clarity of CCTV images. Extensive pre-trial testing concluded that dimming regimes of up to 50% displayed no visual depreciation of image quality.

PUTTING THEORY INTO PRACTICE

Following an in-depth proposal from Hyperion, two areas in the borough, Chatford Road and Common Road, were selected as the test-beds for the dimming regimes.

The trial dimming was in effect from the hours of 10pm until 6am every day over a period of two months in these areas.

A total of 923 individual streetlights in the areas (out of a total stock of 10,752 or 9% of the total) were dimmed in accordance with the lighting regime as shown in figure 1 below.

Area Number of columns dimmed to the following level Total
50% 60% 70%
Chatford Road 218 116 101 435
Common Road 276 113 99 488
Total 494 229 200 923

Figure 1. How Slough’s trial dimming programme was distributed

RIGHT LIGHT, RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME

Arguably, of course, the most important stakeholder for any local authority is its residents. Upgrading to LED can sometimes lead to complaints from residents, with – to cite just two recent examples – councils in Stockton and Liverpool experiencing media storms following a switchover to LED [1].

In the case of Slough, given the time and geographical scale of the trial, no prior information was communicated to residents other than through Slough’s Disability Forum. This, it was recognised, did create the possibility of a potential adverse reaction from residents of the borough, particularly those in the trial areas. However, it is pleasing to report that during the trial period there was no adverse reaction from residents to the dimming.

Safety is also naturally paramount when working with any client, but particularly the public sector and emergency services. To be able to respond to emergency service requests for additional lighting in areas that were dimmed, we created a login for Hyperion and Slough’s CCTV and care teams to override the pre-set lighting profiles.

However, again, during the trial period there were no requests from the emergency services or other instances where the CCTV and care team had to override the lighting profiles that were set.

BOROUGH-WIDE ROLLOUT

As highlighted earlier, Slough’s existing successful LED replacement programme, which covers the whole of the borough, has already generated extensive savings, notably reducing CO2 emissions by 43%. There has also been a 26% reduction in energy costs from LED replacement alone. Following the trial period, it was concluded that implementing our CMS across the borough would result in multiple additional savings for Slough, including:

  • Reducing energy consumption by a further 7% per year
  • Saving in consumption charges of 8% per year
  • Reducing CO2 emissions by a further 8% per year

COLLABORATION IS KEY

By 2050, it is projected that 68% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas (United Nations, 2018) and this increasing population, combined with the development of new technologies will lead to the future of smart cities sooner than we think [2].

But it must be recognised this future will not become a reality without collaboration from colleagues, clients and industry partners alike.

In the case of this trial, it was the continual collaboration of multiple parties – Slough’s care and CCTV teams, Slough Disability Forum, Hyperion Infrastructure Consultancy, Slough Borough Council itself and us at Mayflower Smart Control – that made it possible.

And don’t just take our word for it. Here are comments from some of the key stakeholders.

Chris Spong, director of Hyperion Infrastructure Consultancy, said: ‘This has been an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the real savings that can be achieved through adaptive street lighting as well the practical application of the risk-based approach set out in the ILP’s PLG08 Guidance on the application of adaptive lighting in the public realm and advocated in Well Managed Highway Infrastructure: a Code of Practice.’

Sing-Wai Yu, service manager at Slough, Reading and Wokingham LED Upgrade Project, added: ‘Working with reliable, informed and collaborative partners made this experience straightforward, interesting and enjoyable. Investment in a CMS is paying dividends above the savings from the LED/CMS investment and we continue to explore many additional applications and opportunities with our CMS partner Mayflower Smart Control to enable a smart environment for the residents of Slough.’

Ultimately, it is the combined efforts of all parties that have provided a justified use case for Slough Borough Council and allowed for substantial energy usage savings.

By working collaboratively in this way, Slough Borough Council has taken the first steps to becoming a ‘smarter’ city and, through further continued partnership and collaborative working, we fully expect it to realise the true potential of smart city technology.

I’ll leave the final word to Patrick Mitchell, head of Mayflower Smart Control, who has said of the project: ‘This project shows just how committed Slough Borough Council is in maximising the benefits of the installed Mayflower CMS. Using the Mayflower technology and Hyperion’s project management expertise this trial has provided sufficient data to allow Slough Borough Council to determine exactly what lighting levels are best for which areas across the borough. We continue to work with SBC on smart applications utilising the Mayflower network in collaboration with our smart sensor partners.’

 

 

SSE and Tigerspike collaborate with Amazon Web Services to lead the Smart City revolution

SSE Enterprise is positioning itself at the forefront of the smart city revolution. As part of its ongoing smart city portfolio it has announced a new partnership with Tigerspike to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop its smart city platform and associated applications.

The SSE Enterprise and Tigerspike partnership will invest in developing the core Internet of Things (IoT) platform collaborating with AWS to provide a common view of sensors and devices connected to its Mayflower smart lighting and other parallel communications networks.

This will meet the growing requirement for sensor-based data digital services and demonstrates SSE Enterprise’s commitment to helping to deliver smarter cities.

SSE Enterprise already owns Mayflower Smart Control, a smart street lighting solution with over 400,000 installations across the UK.

With the help of the partnership’s platform Mayflower will soon be transformed into a smart city solution, utilising its existing smart street lighting infrastructure to offer additional services. These are being developed in close collaboration with some of SSE’s local authority partners.

Target applications include citizen orientated services such as smart parking and assisted living, and local authority services such as road temperature, weather stations, air and gully monitoring.

Stephen Stead, Head of Strategy, New Markets and Digital Services for SSE Enterprise, said: “SSE Enterprise has long been one of the leading providers of street lighting services in the UK, so this partnership will allow us to develop next generation technology that will help make the smart city revolution a reality.

“This is part of a wider transformation that will encompass SSE’s full breadth of services including distributed energy, EV charging, building energy management street lighting, fibre communications services, and power network management.

“For city councils and town planners with the ability to look forward the possibilities are exciting.  Applications we expect to develop will help local authorities address many of their key issues whether this be air quality, urban parking management, deployment of EV charging or the challenge of supporting vulnerable people in their own homes.”

Josh Haagsma, General Manager for Tigerspike Europe, said: “We’re very excited to be working on this programme with SSE. Tigerspike’s continued involvement in smart cities projects such as this one demonstrates our commitment to improving people’s lives through technology.

“We’re passionate about being at the forefront of the Smart Cities revolution and helping to deliver the benefit of the digital transformation of government services to millions of citizens. We look forward to using AWS to create the digital products for SSE that enable this revolution.”

Patrick Mitchell, Head of Mayflower Smart Control, commented: “This exciting announcement transitions Mayflower into a wider smart city platform and is the first step of a journey that will see us drive forward Smart City application development with our clients.

“We very much look forward to demonstrating the platform and working with both existing and future clients to prioritise our development roadmap to best align to their needs. In line with this we expect to make further announcements in the very near future.”

The platform, expected to be ready for March 2019, will provide a framework for the management of multiple sensors, devices and associated communications protocols, providing the resulting data in simple form to the user or allowing it to be provided to third parties to support the development of applications for additional services.

The aim is for the platform to include the SSE Enterprise Smart City app store.  This would then bring together both SSE and third party applications through one simple user interface.

The development of smart cities is expected to provide improvements to cities’ operational efficiency and performance, and enhance both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.