The Urban Data Project is a combination of new technology and transparent policies for cities. Collecting, protecting and applying data to improve city living.

Supported by Telensa Microsoft

Supported by leading cities and tech pioneers, privacy and trust are at the heart of all we do. We believe that by putting technology and policy tools in the hands of cities, a new, common approach to urban data will emerge across the world.

Data is gathered in the first place by intelligent sensors mounted on streetlights, collecting insights on everything from traffic, to air quality, to footfall. All the information is secured in the City Data Guardian, the cloud platform that applies the city’s policies on data privacy and usage. This safeguards city data from misuse, while providing complete transparency on what the city is doing with it.

It’s our ambition to enable cities to manage this urban data to elevate everyday city life, provide better services, and create new revenue streams. As more cities join the Urban Data Project, we’ll start to change the world for the better.

We’ve been busy working with cities for the past ten years, making millions of streetlights smart and turning light poles into sensor hubs. But for us it was always about data, and finding an economic way for cities to take control of their urban data assets.

Will Franks, CEO, Telensa

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.

Claire Ruskin, Executive Board Member for the Greater Cambridge Partnership and CEO of Cambridge Network

With a shared value of providing infrastructure built on trust, that enables cities to take control of their data strategy, working with Telensa on the Urban Data Project was a natural fit.

Bert Van Hoof, Partner Group Program Manager, Azure IoT, Microsoft

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