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


Telensa gets started with a UK government Carbon Trust grant


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


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


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


Global footprint reaches 1 million lights controlled by Telensa tech


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


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


First traffic-adaptive highway lighting deployed in Suffolk UK


Manufacturing moved to Sony


First Middle East deployment on Dubai’s flagship canal bridges


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


First major APAC deployment in Wellington New Zealand


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


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

Leadership Team

Will Franks

Will Franks

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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

Will Gibson

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Founder

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

Tim Jackson

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Founder

After a career in communications product development, he founded Plextek in 1989 with two…

Sue Thexton

Chief Sales Officer (CSO)

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

John Martyn

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

John has over 20 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant working in a number of high growth t…

Martin McNair


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

Patrick Sheehan

Board Director

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



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