Laura Sharman 13 May 2016

Connected cycle light wins smart city award

An intelligent cycle light that can show city planners where best to invest money in cycling infrastructure and the sites of potential potholes, has won a £15,000 prize.

See.Sense has been crowned the winner of the BT Infinity Lab SME Awards 2016 - run in partnership with the Cabinet Office, MK:Smart and TechHub - for its ICON light.

The technology company has been given the prize money and six months membership to TechHub after judges decided it had the greatest potential to make cycling and cities safer in the future.

ICON contains sensors which collects data about any crashes, near miss-events, road surfaces and light levels. This information can then be used by city planners to create better cycling infrastructure and smart cities.

Matt Hancock, minister for the Cabinet Office, said: 'Being a smarter government is about recasting the relationship between the citizen and the state, making public services simpler, clearer and faster and taking advantage of state-of-the-art digital technologies.

'To achieve this, we need to draw on the expertise of digital innovators from all over the country, especially small businesses which we know to be some of the most innovative in the UK. I am delighted to be supporting these awards, and I give my heartfelt congratulations to the winners.'

Sitekit Ltd, a healthcare technology company, won the Connected Society award for demonstrating how ICT can help society operate more sustainably with their eRedbook. Vivacity Labs was crowned winner of the Internet of Things category for its intelligent cameras.

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