It was announced today by Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, that 7 local authorities that applied for a share of £22.9m to fund Live Labs for Smart Places and /or Smart Roads, have been successful. Two of those are county councils that we have been working closely with for a while now and enLight has been officially named as a partner to 2 of the winning proposals.
As we head towards our first Norfolk Day in July, we celebrate some amazing businesses in this region. The people who run these companies are proud of what they aspire to and have total dedication to achieving their dreams and goals. It's no different for us here at enLight®. We Design, Manufacture and build all of our products in Loddon.
So it’s clear people have different views, this is what keeps ideas fresh, with a different angle on things solutions to problems can always be found?! This certainly came to light as we are nearing the end of the alteration works here at our office in Norfolk. The floor is in, the ceilings are up and the updated production machines have been ordered following the plan set in place a few months ago.
Budgets within the public sector are a continuing challenge, there is no sign that changes to funding are going to improve within the foreseeable future, if anything further ‘efficiencies’ will continue to be sought. We all understand that the overall size of the cake has reduced, but what makes investment for the long term even harder is the way budgets are allocated and accounted for. This can drive unintended consequences and have the perverse outcome of creating inefficiencies.
Slightly relieved to be out and about this week showcasing various pieces of enLight® kit at an event which brought together lots of interesting and interested people all for the same reason to demonstrate their new ideas in the world of technology.
After my recent blog explaining about changes here at our offices in Norfolk we left last Monday morning to lots of clanging metal banging and crashing of various levels and some of our staff members pleading to come to the event with us so as not to endure the building works! “Its only for this week keep looking forward to the new office space” I said. (on reflection it would have been a good plan to set up a noise level sensor in the warehouse area to add a different angle on data feedback!)
Last week saw enLight embark on the first of our series of Smart City Innovation workshops for local authorities. We spent the day in Chatham with Medway Council for what turned out to be a highly energetic and engaging session which identified some options for how Medway Council could apply new Smart City solutions to address some of the current and emerging challenges they face as a fast growing combination.
enLight® (officially Select Innovations Limited) has come a long way in its 17 year history. From an initial multi-award winning idea for dimming a fluorescent lamp using technology which has never been surpassed to this day to our current 50% energy saving street and car park Lanterns and Smart City range of Sensors.
Over the last few months we have been talking about the challenge of deploying a smart city network that can grow as needs and budget allow. We would like to see existing infrastructure leveraged to create that network and in our mind the front runner is street lighting - it offers mains power in the street that is notoriously difficult to get permission for and it provides a 5-12m aerial position for greater radio range from one post to another.
Last week we announced our first solution for Smart City applications aptly titled the Smart City Pilot Kit. The goal of the kit is to allow city, district and county councils to experiment with data capture technologies and use that data to support a business case as to why they should invest in a larger scale deployment.