Making brighter cities

About us

Telensa’s smart streetlight control system is the world’s largest, with a footprint of nearly 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

2020
  • Telensa awarded Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) Certification, enabling cities to financially benefit from smart street lighting energy savings
  • Berg Insight names Telensa as global #1 in smart street lighting
2019
  • The Urban Data Project announced with Cambridge as launch partner city
  • Northeast Group again names Telensa as global #1 in smart street lighting
  • Australian cities of Darwin and Palmerston select Telensa for their smart street lighting
2018
  • 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%
2017
  • 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
2016
  • Northeast Group ranks Telensa as global #1 for smart streetlight market share
  • First traffic-adaptive highway lighting deployed in Suffolk UK
2015
  • Global footprint reaches 1 million lights controlled by Telensa tech
  • $18m investment to accelerate international growth and smart city portfolio
2014
  • First major US deployment in Georgia US – now world’s largest system
2012
  • 50% UK market share – one in ten of the UK’s streetlights covered
2010
  • First major city deployment with Amey in Birmingham: 100,000 lights
2005
  • Telensa gets started with a UK government Carbon Trust grant

Our Board and 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.

Board
Brent Hudson
Chief Executive Officer

Brent is an experienced CEO, having driven growth at a number of innovative UK and US technology companies including Travel Information Systems (QinetiQ), Tality and Sagentia Group. He has a significant public sector, utilities and IoT leadership background, and has transformed several Cambridge tech companies from growth stage to large scale enterprises. Brent has substantial global expertise in negotiating strategic deals, working with some of the world’s largest tech companies in the US and APAC.

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Martin McNair
Chairman

As Chairman of Telensa, Martin brings some 30 years’ experience in high growth technology businesses covering investments in over 20 telecoms, semiconductor, wireless technology, networking and consumer Internet companies. Martin is an independent advisor to boards and investors in ICT and digital media businesses. He was a general partner at Advent Venture Partners, one of Europe’s leading growth and venture capital investors. Prior to this, Martin spent 12 years as an investment manager with venture capital fund manager MTI. In his early career he was founder and CEO of an instrumentation and telemetry business.

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Patrick Sheehan
Board Director

Patrick is a founder and Partner of the Environmental Technologies Fund. Patrick has worked in venture capital since 1985. He was instrumental in founding 3i’s venture capital practice, and later became the founding Managing Director of its Silicon Valley operation. Before this, he was a research engineer for GEC and Marconi Space Systems. He was a member of the Executive Committee and Board of EVCA from 2007 to 2010, during which time he also chaired the Venture Capital Committee. Patrick has a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from UCL, London.

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William C. Weiss
Board Director

William C. Weiss is Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Promar Group LLC. He is a renowned global strategist, Board member and experienced leader in technology-enabled fields. For more than 40 years, he has been providing counsel and execution assistance to corporate leaders, Boards, investment funds, and high- net-worth investors around the world. The arenas in which Bill is involved include analytics, media, communications, computing, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, medical, energy, environmental and life sciences. His unique way of strategically analyzing and accessing the landscape offers a fresh framework for understanding how technology and change can open new possibilities.

Mr. Weiss calls his approach “Design a Future”©, a methodology that identifies four key principles necessary to gain and maintain success. Among those clients with whom Mr. Weiss has worked include Artificial Solutions, Discovery Communications, Ericsson, GE, IBM, Oxford Metrics Group, Canary, Qualcomm, SAS Institute, Silicon Image, Steelcase, and others.

His involvement includes Boards of Directors, Board Observer, Executive Advisory roles, executive leadership presentations and keynote addresses.

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Andrew Gilbert
Board Observer

In addition to his role advising the board at Telensa, Andrew Gilbert acts as the non- executive chairman of Wirepas Oy and as a director of Gildrew Limited. Prior to this, Andrew served as executive vice president of European Innovation Development of Qualcomm Europe, Inc., leading Qualcomm’s activity in wireless power including WiPowerTM handset charging technology and Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging technology. He acted as the executive adviser to Qualcomm until 2013. He also served as a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.

Andrew joined Qualcomm in 2006 as president of Qualcomm Europe, Inc. where he provided strategic direction and oversight of all Qualcomm’s business development and operational activity in Europe, and served in various roles including president of MediaFLO Technologies and president of Qualcomm Internet Services.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Andrew served as vice president and general manager of Flarion Technologies’ European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) regions, responsible for EMEA strategy and operations. His leadership contributions guided Flarion’s European business through technical and commercial validation with global operators such as T-Mobile and Vodafone, and ultimately to multiple deployments of FLASH-OFDM with T-Mobile in Slovakia and Germany, and with Digita in Finland. He has also worked for many leading global technology companies including Motorola and Racal.

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Fidel Manolopoulos
Board Observer

Fidel is a Vice President of Hermes GPE. He joined in 2017 to focus on growth investing and to bolster the firm’s direct growth equity capabilities. Fidel has a strong background in technology growth investing gained over several years at ViewPoint Capital and Kennet Partners and joins from Mojo Capital where he was recently leading direct investments. He holds an MA in computer science and business administration from the Technical University of Darmstadt.

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Ian Murphy
Board Observer

Ian Murphy is co-founder and Director of Plextek Ltd and Chairman of Plextek RFI . He started his professional career with Racal BCC working on tactical military radios before being one of the first employees in Vodafone where he developed the RF sections for the “Brick” handset. This involved the development of thin and thick film processes on ceramic and various associated manufacturing processes. From there he moved back into Military communications, IFF systems, flight control systems and CT2 before co-founding Plextek Ltd in 1989, the leading communications technology group that has since produced Plextek RFI, Telensa (street lighting control and smart cities), Blighter Surveillance Systems (electronic scanning radar) and Redtail Telematics (vehicle tracking).

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Leadership
Brent Hudson
Chief Executive Officer

Brent is an experienced CEO, having driven growth at a number of innovative UK and US technology companies including Travel Information Systems (QinetiQ), Tality and Sagentia Group. He has a significant public sector, utilities and IoT leadership background, and has transformed several Cambridge tech companies from growth stage to large scale enterprises. Brent has substantial global expertise in negotiating strategic deals, working with some of the world’s largest tech companies in the US and APAC.

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Will Gibson
Co-Founder

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
VP Product Management, 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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VP Finance
Josie Stevens
VP Finance

Josie has over 20 years’ experience working in finance leadership roles, primarily in the telecommunications sector. Josie is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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VP HR and Operations
Cathy Potgieter
VP HR and Operations

Cathy has over 25 years’ experience working in HR with extensive experience working as an International HR Operations Director. Cathy has worked in many sectors and has a wealth of experience within the technical arena. Cathy has a degree in Human Resource Management and is CIPD qualified (MCIPD).

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VP Dev
Mark Bell
VP 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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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 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