17 May 2016

Bright idea for cities and bicyclists wins BT eternity Lab competition

Northern Ireland-based See.Sense scooped the top prize for its ICON intelligent and connected cycle light.

A company which uses technology to make sport and cities safer, smarter and more gratifying has been crowned the overall winner of the BT eternity Lab SME Awards 2016: Connected Cities.

Northern Ireland-based See.Sense scooped the top prize for its ICON intelligent and connected cycle light.

As well portion to keeps bicyclists safer on the road, the ICON cycle light contains sensors and communication theory technology which can collect high-quality information. This allows identification of the bicyclist, the measurement of the bike and the environment around it.

Analytics can determine speed and congestion, road conditions, light levels and more. The light can besides react and observe when the bicyclist is in danger, by flashing quicker in riskier situations so much as roundabouts, road junctions or approaching car headlights from behind.

Spotting hot spots

See.Sense maps cities in a way that has ne'er been possible before. This information can then be used by city planners to create better transport infrastructure and smart cities.

Possible uses for the information include distinguishing ‘hot spot’ areas where there are a high-frequency of near-miss events and crashes, showing where the priority areas are to invest in traffic control infrastructure.

Deteriorating road conditions can be monitored before potholes are fully formed, so that cities can repair them at lower cost before they become hazards.

This latest BT eternity Lab competition - Connected Cities - was run in partnership with the Cabinet Office, Milton Keynes smart city cooperative MK:Smart and technology community TechHub.

It provided a great chance for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to showcase their big ideas for innovative digital products and employment to help cities become more connected, efficient and sustainable.

Overall winners See.Sense walked away with £15,000 prize money plus six month’s membership of TechHub. The company will besides have the chance to work with MK:Smart, one of the country’s most advanced smart cities, to turn their dream into a reality.

Impact on society

Irene McAleese, co-founder and chief marketing officer, See.Sense, said: “We’re honored to have won the smart city prize and besides be judged the overall winner given the high standard of entries we were up against. We’ve gained some valuable insights from the other companies who have taken part and the feedback we’ve had during the competition.”

She continued: “Having the chance to develop our idea into thing that will really help transform cities of the future and make a real impact on society is really exciting. Working with Milton Keynes will besides be a fantastic case study to showcase our capabilities.”

Other award winners enclosed Sitekit Ltd, a health care technology company from the islet of Skye, which won the Connected Society award for demonstrating how ICT can help society operate more sustainably with its eRedbook.

This is the digital version of the existing paper-based Redbook - which parents of new-born babies receive to record and manage the health and development of their child.

net of things

And London-based high-spiritedness Labs was took the honours degree in the net of property category for its intelligent cameras, judged the most innovative technology solution in this field. The company’s system enables the next generation of reactive traffic lights, and eliminates the need for long and big-ticket manual information collection by councils.

Will Pryke, head of BT eternity Lab, said: “The high quality of the SMEs who entered the competition has really highlighted the dynamism and innovation that exists in the UK’s SME community. We have some great winners who can help shape our cities for the future through their ingenious digital products and employment. It’s great that BT will be able to play a part in portion them take their great products into market.”

Supporting innovation

He added: “BT has got around one million SME customers and a strong interest in portion them to introduce and thrive and we besides want to play a role in shaping connected cities of the future. The competition has been an ideal chance to help some to develop."