Connexin scoops smart city award for Newcastle street transformation

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Jan 2019

Hull-based tech firm Connexin has won a prestigious award for its futuristic transformation of a street in Newcastle.

The business, launched by Hull Collegiate alumni Furqan Alamgir and Alex Yeung in 2006, provided visitors to the north east city with a glimpse into the future last summer, as it showcased the potential of smart cities.

The technology, trialled in Mosley Street in Newcastle, has a range of features – including helping drivers find parking spaces, monitoring traffic levels, analysing air pollution levels and even showing when rubbish bins are full and need emptying.

Connexin fought off stiff competition last week to win Smart City Deployment of the Year at the Internet of Things Breakthrough Awards.

In doing so, the Hull firm joined tech giants such as Samsung, Toshiba, Vodafone and Sony in collecting awards.

Mosley Street in Newcastle (Newcastle Chronicle)

Furqan Alamgir, CEO and founder at Connexin said: “This award demonstrates our leadership in this space and shows we can compete and win on a global level.

“I’d like to acknowledge and thank the partners we collaborated with on this project, without whom it would not have been possible.

“Smart technologies have now come of age, but the truth is no single organisation can make smart cities happen on its own.

“Governments, businesses, the education sector and citizens need to work together to grasp the opportunity. The sum is way greater than the individual parts.

“This project is a perfect demonstrator of all the parts working together.”

Connexin is at the heart of Hull's smart city plans

Connexin showed off its smart city technology to people in Newcastle between June and September last year.

Street lighting can also be controlled using the smart city technology, and Connexin believes it could help predict the effect of traffic on road surfaces, in a bid to prevent potholes.

Read more: Plans for £5m Connexin data centre which will create 60 jobs approved

IoT Breakthrough is an independent organisation recognising the top companies, technologies and products in the global Internet of Things (IoT) market.

The Internet of Things is an emerging network which allows everyday objects such as home appliances, vehicles and buildings to be connected to the internet.

Watch: Connexin won Large Business of the Year at the 2018 HDM Business Awards

Connexin last year piloted its smart bins in Hull.

The technology lets the relevant council team know when a bin is full, and needs emptying, and when a bin has been damaged or is on fire.

Connexin also last year hosted its smart city event, Connexin Live, at Hull’s Bonus Arena.

Delegates from across the country, and as far away as North America, descended on the event for a glimpse into the future of smart cities.

Connexin is also creating 60 new jobs in Hessle, at its new £5m data centre at the Bridgehead Business Park.

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