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.
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