See.Sense, a company which aims to use technology to make cycling and cities safer and smarter, was crowned the overall winner of the BT Infinity Lab SME Awards 2016: Connected Cities, run in partnership with the Cabinet Office, MK:Smart* and TechHub.
See.Sense won for its ICON intelligent and connected bicycle light, which was judged to have the greatest potential to make a difference to the cities of the future. The company walked away with £15,000 prize money plus six month’s membership of TechHub, a global community set up to help technological entrepreneurs and start-ups.
ICON contains sensors which collect data about crashes, near miss-events, road surfaces, light levels and more. This information can then be used by city planners to create better cycling infrastructure and smart cities. For example, the data could help identify ‘hot spot’ areas for crashes and identify potholes before they’re fully formed.
See.Sense will now have the opportunity to work with MK:Smart, in one of the country’s most advanced Smart Cities, to turn their dream into a reality
Irene McAleese, Co-founder and chief marketing officer at See.Sense, said: “We’re honoured to have won the Smart City prize and also 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.
“Having the opportunity to develop our idea into something that will really help transform cities of the future and make a real impact on society is really exciting. Working with Milton Keynes will also be a fantastic case study to showcase our capabilities.”