Making brighter cities

About us

Telensa’s smart streetlight control system has a footprint of over two million lights covering entire cities and regions. This means we are perfectly placed to pioneer new, different and cost-effective ways to develop the smart cities of tomorrow, making urban spaces work better for everyone.

Telensa delivers a proven business case, with technology that has been tried and tested for over a decade. Streetlight infrastructure can easily be adopted for city-wide sensing, an efficient means to collect, protect and apply data to enhance city life. In effect, our many streetlight connections act as a sensing array, providing place, power and connectivity wherever people live, work and travel.

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Our journey

  • Telensa deploys major smart street lighting project in Uberlândia, Brazil
  • Telensa acquired by Signify to expand offering for smart cities
  • Telensa first to demonstrate that TALQ2 enables interoperability at scale
  • TALQ certification confirms Telensa as the industry standard Central Management System (CMS) for streetlights with controls
  • Berg Insight names Telensa as global #1 in smart street lighting
  • Telensa awarded Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) Certification, enabling cities to financially benefit from smart street lighting energy savings
  • Australian cities of Darwin and Palmerston select Telensa for their smart street lighting
  • Northeast Group again names Telensa as global #1 in smart street lighting
  • The Urban Data Project announced with Cambridge as launch partner city
  • Deployed as part of City of Edinburgh Council’s 64,000-light energy efficiency program
  • 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%
  • Manufacturing moved to Sony, Wales
  • 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
  • Northeast Group ranks Telensa as global #1 for smart streetlight market share
  • First traffic-adaptive highway lighting deployed in Suffolk UK
  • Global footprint reaches 1 million lights controlled by Telensa tech
  • $18m investment to accelerate international growth and smart city portfolio
  • First major US deployment in Georgia US – now world’s largest system
  • 50% UK market share – one in ten of the UK’s streetlights covered
  • First major city deployment with Amey in Birmingham: 100,000 lights
  • Telensa gets started with a UK government Carbon Trust grant

Our leadership team

Short profiles of the dedicated, experienced team members who lead the way at Telensa. Collectively, they are responsible for keeping us focused on the road to success.

Andy Gowen
Chief Executive Officer

Following the acquisition of Telensa by Signify in July 2021, Andy was appointed as CEO to run the business as a stand alone entity within Signify. An electrical engineer by trade, Andy joined Philips Lighting (now Signify) in 1988. His career has included senior leadership roles in Sales, Product Management, Marketing & Business.

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Will Gibson

Will founded Telensa with Tim Jackson in 2005, and led the company as CEO for the first 10 years of profitable growth. He has unparalleled global experience as a pioneer of wireless smart street lighting, and in particular how its economic model underpins new smart city applications.

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Jon Lewis
Product, Marketing and Partners

Jon has over 25 years’ experience leading innovation in the telecommunications sector, he joined Telensa to broaden the company’s application portfolio and open new market segments. Jon holds a number of patents and has a PhD in engineering.

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David Orchard
David has over 20 years of sales and business development experience with almost ten years in the outdoor lighting market with five of that in the Smart Cities and Lightning controls space. Prior to Telensa he has held positions with GE, Zumtobel & Philips.
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Manufacturing & Operations

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VP Dev
Mark Bell
Research & Development

Mark has over 20 years’ of experience in Product and Solutions Development. Prior to Telensa he worked BT Research Labs, Microsoft and most recently Amino Communications, pioneering the field of IPTV.

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  • 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 Tech Track Ones to Watch 2017
  • The Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 2017
  • The Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 2018
  • The Global Cleantech 100: One to Watch 2017