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Samsung SDS and Telensa, a leader in smart street lighting and smart city data, are partnering on smart city projects.

Samsung SDS is the digital arm of Samsung. Cambridge-based Telensa is the world market share leader in smart street-lighting, with more than 1.7m lights deployed worldwide.

The two companies are working on smart street-lighting and the Urban Data Project – a cloud platform that enables cities to collect, protect and use their data for the benefit of citizens. Their first joint project will be in Korea, with wider deployments to follow across Asia Pacific and in the US.

It is hoped that the collaboration will bring energy savings and enable cities to access an ecosystem of sensor applications.

Urban data is the mosaic of street-by-street, minute-by-minute information that makes up a city’s digital twin. It includes mapping how people use the city, the mix of traffic on the roads, the hyper-local air quality and noise levels.

Urban data can be used for designing city infrastructure, delivering more efficient city services, and improving public accountability and transparency. It is also potentially valuable to industries such as retail, real estate and insurance.

Sean Im, Senior Vice President of Solution Business Division at Samsung SDS, said: “We are delighted to be working with Telensa to enable cities to harness and protect their urban data assets on behalf of their citizens. Brightics IoT will provide effective data collection and analytics, which will lead to improved quality of life for citizens.

“By combining the capabilities of both companies, Samsung SDS plans to further explore new possibilities to adopt the latest information technologies including AI and blockchain.”

Will Franks, CEO of Telensa, said: “We’ve been working with cities around the globe to make millions of streetlights smart, and now we’re providing Chief Data Officers with the tools to protect and use urban data and engage with new technologies like 5G mobile.

“We are excited to be working with Samsung SDS, who bring global reach, product innovation and deep expertise from IoT to 5G.”

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