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Sunderland Council to deploy new data platform


Sunderland City Council has announced the deployment of a new data platform to support its smart city initiatives under a three-year deal with Connexin.

It is planning to implement ConnexinOS as part of a contract that began last month.

The company describes the platform as an internet of things solution and says its features include device management, monitoring and alerting and a visualisation dashboard and analytics, along with an analytics facility using artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The council said the information will be aggregated and analysed to support co-ordinated multi-agency responses to issues such as anti-social behaviour, environmental incidents and public health.

It said the contract will support its smart city plan and follows the announcement of its 20-year strategic partnership with BAI Communications to develop a next generation digital infrastructure.

Liz St Louis, Sunderland’s assistant director of smart cities, said the move is a milestone in the council’s plans to build a smart city, and that it plans to work with Connexin on increasing the platform’s scope and capabilities.

Revolutinise services

“Working together, we will be able to put in place a platform that will further revolutionise our services, continuously improving the smart management of our city to create better futures for our communities,” she said.

As part of the deal with Connexin, the company will provide training for unemployed and young people through its academy and mentoring programmes.

Image: Sunderland from north bank of River Wear; from iStock, sonny2962

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