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SSE and Tigerspike collaborate on smart city platform

The companies are targeting applications such as smart parking, assisted living, air quality and EV charging

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SSE will bring together its own and third party smart city apps in one interface
SSE will bring together its own and third party smart city apps in one interface

SSE Enterprise is working in partnership with software company, Tigerspike, to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop a smart city platform and related applications. The aim is to include a smart city app store that brings together SSE Enterprise applications and third party apps through one interface.

 

The companies will develop a core Internet of Things (IoT) platform to provide a common view of sensors and devices connected to SSE’s Mayflower Smart Control lighting system, which already has more than 400,000 installations across the UK.

 

Collaboration with local authorities

 

SSE Enterprise comprises six business units that provides business energy, energy management, utility networks, contracting, rail, and telecoms services.

 

With the help of the partnership’s platform, Mayflower will 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 services that focus on areas such as smart parking, assisted living, air quality, gully monitoring, road temperature and weather.

 

“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,” said Stephen Stead, head of strategy, new markets and digital services for SSE Enterprise.

 

“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.”

 

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.

"Applications we expect to develop will help local authorities address many of their key issues whether this be air quality or the challenge of supporting vulnerable people in their own homes”

“Tigerspike’s continued involvement in smart cities projects such as this one demonstrates our commitment to improving people’s lives through technology," said Josh Haagsma, general manager for Tigerspike Europe.

 

“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.”

 

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