Welcome to Telensa

About us

We make wireless smart city applications, help cities around the world save energy, work smarter and deliver more joined-up services for their citizens. Telensa solutions are designed and developed in Cambridge UK, with hardware manufactured with Sony UK Tech in Pencoed, Wales. We also have offices in the US and in Australia. Our smart streetlight solution is the most deployed in the world, with a global footprint of more than one million lights.

We understand the strategic drivers and economic imperatives of city digitisation, expertise gained through a decade of deploying mass-scale street lighting control systems around the world. Our technology enables increasingly digitized city departments to work together. We can provide the granular, real-time data that smart city platforms are missing today, at a sustainable price point.

Our vision, shared by many, is of the fully instrumented, data-driven city. But instead of today's vague ideas about how that sensor infrastructure will be paid for, we see a low cost infrastructure built from specific operational savings in individual city departments.

History Timeline

2005

Telensa gets started with a UK government Carbon Trust grant

2010

First major city deployment with Amey in Birmingham: 100,000 lights

2012

50% UK market share – one in ten of the UK’s streetlights covered

2014

First major US deployment in Georgia US – now world’s largest system

2015

Global footprint reaches 1 million lights controlled by Telensa tech

2015

$18m investment to accelerate international growth and smart city portfolio

2016

Northeast Group ranks Telensa as global #1 for smart streetlight market share

2016

First traffic-adaptive highway lighting deployed in Suffolk UK

2017

Manufacturing moved to Sony

2017

First Middle East deployment on Dubai’s flagship canal bridges

2017

Won Amazon Growing Business Award after 3x revenue growth in 2 years

2017

First major APAC deployment in Wellington New Zealand

2018

First smart city deployment with Essex/Hertfordshire – smart lighting, traffic, waste, drainage, air quality

2018

Sunday Times Export Track 100 – ranked #4 with annual growth of 189%

Board

Will Franks

Chief Executive Officer

Will is an accomplished business leader with 30 years' experience in wireless technologies. …

Martin McNair

Chairman

As Chairman of Telensa, Martin brings some 30 years’ experience in high growth technology b…

Julian Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Julian is a Chartered Accountant with 23 years senior experience in listed and privately held…

Patrick Sheehan

Board Director

Patrick is a founder and Partner of the Environmental Technologies Fund. Patrick has worked in…

William C. Weiss

William C. Weiss

Board Director

William C. Weiss is Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Promar Group LLC. He is a renowned global…

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew Gilbert

Board Observer

In addition to his role advising the board at Telensa, Andrew Gilbert acts as the non-executive…

Fidel Manolopoulos

Fidel Manolopoulos

Board Observer

Fidel is a Vice President of Hermes GPE. He joined in 2017 to focus on growth investing and to…

Ian Murphy

Board Observer

Ian Murphy is co-founder and Director of Plextek Ltd and Chairman of Plextek RFI . He started his…

Leadership

Will Franks

Will Franks

Chief Executive Officer

Will is an accomplished business leader with 30 years' experience in wireless technologies. …

Julian Smith

Julian Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Julian is a Chartered Accountant with 23 years senior experience in listed and privately held…

Will Gibson

Chief Commercial Officer and Founder

Will founded Telensa with Tim Jackson in 2005, and led the company as CEO for the first 10 years of…

Sue Thexton

Chief Sales Officer

Sue has more than 25 years of experience in high-growth software and technology industries.…

Gordon Davidson

Gordon Davidson

EVP Global Partnerships & North America Region

Gordon is a hands-on executive with a proven record of creating value in technology driven…

Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis

Chief Strategy Officer

In addition to his role as Chief Strategy Officer, Jon leads the Urban Data team at Telensa, which…

Martin Wilks

Martin Wilks

Chief Technology Officer

Martin has 20 years senior experience in listed and privately-held technology companies. Most…

Keith Day

Keith Day

Chief Marketing Officer

Keith is a strategic B2B marketer with extensive experience in growth-stage technology companies.…

Awards

 

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise: Innovation 2018

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise: International Trade 2018

Amazon Growing Business of the Year: Winner 2017

The Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 2018

The Global Cleantech 100: One to Watch 2017

The Sunday Times Tech Track Ones to Watch 2017