The City Data Guardian will enable the city to apply privacy policies and comply with data regulations
The UK city of Cambridge has been chosen as partner for the Urban Data Project, launched by smart street lighting and smart city applications company, Telensa.
Cambridge-based Telensa has built a solution on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform that enables cities to take control of their urban data assets with streetlight-based multi-sensor pods.
Telensa describes urban data as “the mosaic of street-by-street, minute-by-minute information that makes up a city’s digital twin”. This includes mapping how people use the city, the mix of traffic on the roads, the hyper-local air quality and noise levels.
“We’ve been busy working with cities for the past 10 years, making millions of streetlights smart and turning light poles into sensor hubs,” said Will Franks, CEO of Telensa. “But for us it was always about data, and finding an economic way for cities to take control of their urban data assets.”
Using data to help design smart city infrastructure is sometimes limited by the cost of single-purpose sensors, and the related cost of moving video data to the cloud. Trust is also a major issue: how can cities ensure they apply best-practice policies to the data, and provide transparency to citizens on how that data is protected and used?
Telensa explained that there are are two key technology elements to the Urban Data Project that aim to address these issues:
Following intensive product development during 2018, the first deployment is scheduled to take place in Cambridge in March.
“But for us it was always about data, and finding an economic way for cities to take control of their urban data assets”
“Cambridge has pioneered a number of smart technologies, collaborating between the city’s world class academic and commercial R&D organisations and the local authorities,” said Claire Ruskin, executive board member for the Greater Cambridge Partnership and CEO of Cambridge Network.
“The Greater Cambridge Partnership has funded Smart Cambridge to see how data supports activities that help to make Greater Cambridge even better to live and work in.
“The Urban Data Project is part of this innovative approach, helping to create a comprehensive ‘digital twin’, and providing the tools to use the data responsibly with policies that are transparent to our residents.
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