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Telensa launches in Singapore

International expansion is driven by what it claims is an “unprecedented demand” for its smart street lighting and smart city solutions

With a strong innovation ecosystem, Telensa sees Singapore as the ideal base for APAC
With a strong innovation ecosystem, Telensa sees Singapore as the ideal base for APAC

Smart city technology firm Telensa has opened a new office in Singapore as part of its growth plans.


The move is part of its wider international expansion strategy, driven by what the firm describes as “unprecedented demand” for its smart street lighting and smart city solutions. It is also its first office in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.


Telensa reports profitable revenue growth of more than 50 per cent in each of the past two years.


The Singapore office will be run by Chris Johnston, Telensa’s APAC sales manager who has lived and worked in both Singapore and in China.


“We are seeing strong growth across the APAC region, for both our smart lighting and other Internet of Things (IoT) solutions,” said Johnston. “Singapore is a leading smart city and an ideal base for us, with a strong innovation ecosystem, robust infrastructure and easy connectivity to the rest of the region.”


Telensa’s PLANet smart lighting system runs on ultra narrow band (UNB), a type of low power wide area (LPWA) wireless network. Unlike other systems that rely on complex mesh networks or costly cellular connections,


UNB provides simple deployment, low power consumption and decades of trouble-free operation. This contributes to a compelling business case – a system that quickly pays for itself in energy and maintenance savings, claims Telensa. Once deployed, the UNB network provides a free platform for cities to add other sensor and control applications.


Industry analyst Northeast Group named Telensa as the global market share leader in smart street lighting systems, ahead of brands such as Silver Spring Networks, GE and Philips. Telensa’s success is built on a robust end-to-end solution, with a business case built on energy and maintenance cost savings for city and utility customers.


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