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Samsung and Telensa join forces for smart cities

The digital arm of the electronics company will collaborate with the smart lighting specialist on streetlighting and its Urban Data Project.

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The first collaboration will focus on city projects in South Korea
The first collaboration will focus on city projects in South Korea

Samsung SDS, the digital wing of Samsung, and smart city data firm Telensa have formed an alliance to deliver smart city infrastructure and data solutions globally.

 

The first collaboration will be in city projects in Korea (including smart city lighting), with wider deployments following across Asia Pacific and in the US.

 

Sensor ecosystem

 

By combining the Telensa PLANet streetlight control application with Samsung SDS Brightics IoT platform, cities will be able to realise energy savings as well as access a “vast ecosystem” of sensor applications, the companies claim.

 

Samsung SDS will provide its Brightics IoT, a data collecting platform specialised in retrieving and analysing big data, powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

 

Telensa will leverage Samsung SDS’s deep expertise in other areas such as 5G technology and blockchain, which require streetlight access for ubiquitous deployment.

“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"

The companies are also partnering on the Urban Data Project – a cloud platform that creates a trust infrastructure for urban data, that enables cities to collect, protect and use their data for the benefit of all citizens.

 

“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,” said Will Franks, CEO of Telensa.

 

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

 

For the Urban Data Project, Samsung’s Brightics IoT will be integrated with Telensa’s City Data Guardian.

 

Urban data ’mosaic’

 

According to the partners, 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.

 

This data is incredibly valuable for designing better city infrastructure, delivering more efficient city services, and making everything more transparent to empower citizens. It is also potentially valuable to industries such as retail, real estate and insurance.

 

But to date the use of urban data has been limited by two barriers. The first is trust: how can a city’s chief data officer apply best-practice privacy policies to data and provide transparency to citizens on how that data is protected and used?

 

The second is the cost of single-purpose sensors and the related cost of moving raw video data to the cloud.

 

The Urban Data Project aims to solve these problems. The City Data Guardian is the trust platform that enables cities to apply transparent privacy policies, comply with data regulations, and make data available to improve services and drive future city revenues.

“Brightics IoT will provide effective data collection and analytics, which will lead to improved quality of life for citizens"

Multi-sensor pods installed on streetlight poles, combine video and radar working together to provide a more complete picture. The pods employ artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to extract detailed real-time insights from the raw data.

 

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.”

 

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