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Samsung SDS, Telensa Partner on Smart-City Solutions
Samsung SDS, the digital arm of Samsung, and Telensa, a provider of smart-streetlighting and smart-city data, have announced that they are working together on several smart-city projects. The two companies are collaborating on smart streetlighting and the Urban Data Project, a cloud platform that creates a trust infrastructure for urban data, enabling cities to collect, protect and use their data for the benefit of all citizens. The first such collaboration will involve city projects in Korea, with wider deployments slated to follow throughout the Asia-Pacific region and in the United States.
The initial area of collaboration is smart streetlighting. Telensa's PLANet streetlight-control application is being combined with Samsung SDS's Brightics IoT platform, enabling cities to achieve energy savings and access a variety of sensor applications. Samsung SDS will provide its Brightics IoT data-collecting platform, which is focused on retrieving and analyzing big data, powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Telensa will also leverage Samsung SDS's expertise in other areas, such as 5G technology and blockchain, which require streetlight access for ubiquitous deployment.
Samsung SDS will work with Telensa on the Urban Data Project. This collaboration will integrate Brightics IoT with Telensa's City Data Guardian. Urban data is the mosaic of street-by-street, minute-by-minute information that makes up a city's digital twin. It includes mapping how people use the city, the mix of traffic on the roads, the hyper-local air quality and noise levels. This data is valuable for designing better city infrastructure and delivering more efficient city services, and is potentially also useful for such industries as retail, real estate and insurance.
To date, the use of urban data has been limited by two barriers, the companies indicate. The first is trust—how a city's chief data officer can apply privacy policies and provide transparency to citizens regarding how information is protected and used. The second is the cost of single-purpose sensors and the related costs of moving raw video data to the cloud.
The Urban Data Project aims to solve these problems. The City Data Guardian is the trust platform that enables cities to apply transparent privacy policies, comply with data regulations, and make data available to improve services and drive city revenues. Multi-sensor pods installed on streetlight poles combine video and radar, and employ AI and machine learning to extract real-time insights from raw data.
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