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.

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

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

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

Streetlight infrastructure is proving to be a vital avenue for new smart city technologies such as urban data AI and small cells for LTE and 5G. We’re delighted to be working with Telensa in the Urban Data Project to enable cities to do more with their data assets.

Jeffery Torrance, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

We wholeheartedly support Telensa’s mission to strengthen citizen trust and policy transparency in urban data. The platform enables cities to apply technology in a transparent and ethical way, so that citizens can be confident about how their data is being collected and used.

Russell Sloan, Divisional Director at Kainos

We are delighted to be working with Telensa to enable cities to harness and protect their urban data assets on behalf of their 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.

Sean Im, Senior Vice President of Solution Business Division at Samsung SDS

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