Kingston Council wins seven-figure government funding for smart street lamps

Kingston Council is to receive close to £250,000 to invest in smart street lamps as part of the government’s plan to trial next-generation digital technologies.

The government’s Smart Infrastructure Pilots Programme (SIPP) has awarded the council, along with five other local councils across the UK, a total of £1.3m, with the local authorities expected to invest £2.4m.

The multi-purpose smart street lamps are expected to aid wireless networks, mobile coverage, electric vehicle charging, CCTV cameras, and the monitoring of footfall and air quality.

Councillor Afy Afilaka, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage, and Governance said: “We wholeheartedly embrace the enhancements to the CCTV network, with the hope that it will act as an additional deterrent against criminal and anti-social behaviour, ultimately making Kingston an even safer place for everyone.”

The aim of these pilots is to help local authorities improve public services by finding better ways to connect people and businesses whilst promoting public safety.

Local councils Amount (£)
Cambridgeshire County Council220,000
Tees Valley Combined Authority202,500
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames245,700
Westminister City Council165,000
Oxfordshire County Council250,000
North Ayrshire Council242,765
The six local councils that will receive government funding from SIPP. Source: Department for Science, Innovation and Technology and The Rt Hon Sir John Whittingdale OBE MP

Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure Sir John Whittingdale said: “We want to ensure that towns and cities across the UK are right at the forefront of this connectivity revolution, ready to seize the opportunities it will bring for local communities, which is exactly what these pilots are about.

“They will help demonstrate how advanced wireless technology can enable areas to innovate and deliver better public services, from rolling out electric vehicle chargers to boosting business growth and helping keep our streets safe.”

The council has also said that they will be partnering with Boldyn Networks to introduce a new fibre ‘ring network’ across Kingston town centre in 2024 to further improve connectivity for local residents and businesses.

The SIPP pilots are expected to begin in October 2023 and is expected to run until 31 March 2025.

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