SSE and Tigerspike collaborate with Amazon Web Services to lead the Smart City revolution.

SSE Enterprise has announced a new partnership with Tigerspike to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop its smart city platform. This means local authorities will have better information to enhance their services when it comes to such things as air quality, urban parking management, deployment of EV charging and the challenge of supporting vulnerable people in their own homes.

The SSE Enterprise and Tigerspike partnership will invest in developing the core Internet of Things (IoT) platform collaborating with AWS to provide a common view of sensors and devices connected to its Mayflower smart lighting and other parallel communications networks.

Stephen Stead, Head of Strategy, New Markets and Digital Services for SSE Enterprise, said: “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.

“This is part of a wider transformation that will encompass SSE’s full breadth of services including distributed energy, EV charging, building energy management street lighting, fibre communications services, and power network management.

“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.”

Josh Haagsma, General Manager for Tigerspike Europe, said: “We're very excited to be working on this programme with SSE. Tigerspike's continued involvement in smart cities projects such as this one demonstrates our commitment to improving people's lives through technology.

“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.”

Patrick Mitchell, Head of Mayflower Smart Control, commented: “This exciting announcement transitions Mayflower into a wider smart city platform and is the first step of a journey that will see us drive forward smart city application development with our clients.

“We very much look forward to demonstrating the platform and working with both existing and future clients to prioritise our development roadmap to best align to their needs. In line with this, we expect to make further announcements in the very near future.”

The service will meet the growing requirement for sensor-based data digital services and demonstrates SSE Enterprise’s commitment to helping to deliver smarter cities. SSE Enterprise already owns Mayflower Smart Control, a smart street lighting solution with over 400,000 installations across the UK.