City Council will connect more than 4,000 lighted signs and traffic poles as part of the Westminster Smart Signs programme
Westminster City Council has signed up for the latest deployment of Starfish, an international Internet of Things (IoT) network service from Silver Spring Networks.
With Starfish, city departments, public lighting operators, highway and transportation administrations, utilities, commercial enterprises and developers can access a public IoT network platform backed by service level agreements (SLAs) to connect industrial IoT devices.
The deal will see the creation of a wireless IPv6 mesh canopy across the London borough that can be used for an expanding range of IoT applications. As part of Westminster’s ‘smart signs’ program, the council will initially connect over 4,000 lighted signs and traffic poles to help reduce operational costs and improve public safety.
Silver Spring will work with market partner, urbancontrol, a new company within the DW Windsor Group, beginning with the roll-out of IoT and smart city applications for Westminster.
“Westminster is taking an innovative approach to managing [its] assets to create even greater efficiencies and experiences by leveraging a two-way digital communication platform,” said Stuart Wilson, director of urbancontrol. “Our hope is that other boroughs will adopt proven technology and open standards in order to provide a seamless experience for the public throughout London, as they consider their long-terms plans for additional smart city and IoT services.”
“By embracing IoT technology, cities can enhance the sharing of information between people and their city to deliver a more efficient, prosperous and economically thriving community,” added Eric Dresselhuys, executive vice president of global development, Silver Spring Networks.
In addition to London, Silver Spring intends to deploy Starfish in Bristol, Chicago, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Kolkata, San Antonio and San Jose.