AWS will be harnessed by SSE Enterprise and Tigerspike to drive smart city IoT platform

AWS, SSE and Tigerspike will develop SSE's Mayflower smart city platform, connecting sensors and devices

SSE is teaming up with Tigerspike and AWS to deliver smart city services to the masses via its Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

Part of the threesome's strategy is to develop SSE's Mayflower smart lighting solution, which is comprised of the entire infrastructure for smart lighting in cities, including sensors and devices to light up cities autonomously.

But that's just the start of Mayflower. SSE and Tigerspike will develop new connected solutions, such as smart parking and assisted living, road temperature, weather stations, air and gully monitoring to build an entire connected city ecosystem. It will also include a framework for the management of multiple sensors, devices and associated communications protocols, which can be provided to third-party developers to create even more apps.

"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," said Stephen Stead, head of strategy, new markets and digital services for SSE Enterprise.

"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."

Stead added that the new partnership will benefit city councils and town planners, helping them create new applications to meet local authority demands, whether that's conserving energy or providing better solutions to residents.

"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," added Josh Haagsma, general manager of Tigerspike Europe.

"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."

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