UK’s ‘Smartest’ street to debut at Great Exhibition of the North

The first street in the world to pioneer electric lighting, and now more than a century on, it is set to achieve another feat as the UK’s ‘smartest’ street. Announced today by Mayflower,Cisco, Newcastle City Council, Connexin, and Quantela, throughout the Great Exhibition of the North, Mosley Street and the connecting Neville Street will be home to Internet of Things (IoT) sensors that will help showcase the amazing possibilities that smart places create for people living and working in them.


The project will combine live and historic data on the street from several sources, including Newcastle University’s Urban Observatory, home of the UK’s largest set of real-time urban data, to showcase the value of connecting data for the benefit of individuals, organisations and the city. For example, combined insight into pollution, waste disposal and traffic data will allow the city to make decisions to help improve the environmental health of the area.


From 22nd June until 9th September, visitors to Newcastle will be able to experience a number of applications of smart city technology. These will be available either at the smart street installation, or through data displayed on screens throughout the city and integrated with the exhibition wayfinding App. All of the applications are facilitated by Cisco Kinetic for Cities, which provides one platform for all smart city use cases.


Use cases include:

  • Solving the parking conundrum: Using data trends to predict whether you’ll be able to find a parking spot on the road.

  • Less time idling with traffic forecasting: Using historic and real-time data to interpret patterns and support traffic management by generating short and long-term traffic forecasts.

  • Cleaner air with pollution analysis: Collecting and analysing environmental data to help find the causes of pollution, with the aim of dramatically reducing its effect in the area.

  • Less wastage for refuse collections: Using historic data to help refuse operators manage waste disposal more productively, ensuring the streets are clean and the impact on the environment is minimised.

  • Lighting the way with dynamic street lighting: Using predictive analyticsto enable power companies to manage power consumption more effectively and improve safety with lighting.

  • Avoiding the pitfalls of potholes: Using artificial intelligence (AI) and video analytics to predict the effect of traffic on the road surface, providing evidence for the Council to consider for preventative maintenance.


A thriving city with digital ambition, focussed on being a great place to live, work and invest, Newcastle, like many other cities, is faced with a broad spectrum of challenges – including how to increase productivity, manage traffic and prevent environmental degradation. Today’s announcement highlights the role that digital technology can play in creating a Connected Newcastle that is intelligent, innovative and inclusive.


Stu Higgins, Head of Smart Cities and IoT, Cisco UK and Ireland said: “Newcastle has innovation in its DNA, and we are thrilled to be working with Newcastle City Council and our partners to create the UK’s smartest street, and to build on the pioneering innovation which took place on Mosley Street over a century ago. The creation of smart places through the deployment of Internet of Things solutions brings amazing possibilities to enhance the lives of people living and working in a place. It is this type of innovation which is crucial to the UK cementing itself as a global digital leader.”


Patrick Mitchell, Managing Director, Mayflower said: “Mayflower is delighted to be proactively supporting the aims and ambitions of Newcastle City Council to become a connected, smart city. Our connected and dynamically managed “Smart” lighting assets, combined with data collection from several on-site devices, aid efficiency through increased flexibility of control and provide a vehicle for citizen engagement. The Newcastle pilot is a great example of how technology partners can work with a city to employ technology to realise multiple tangible benefits. This is an exciting and pioneering project and Mayflower is proud to be a key contributor.”


The Great Exhibition of the North 2018 is to be hosted by Newcastle and Gateshead. The event will begin on June 22 with a spectacular opening ceremony. The exhibition will tell the story of the north of England through its innovators, artists, designers and businesses.


Newcastle is part of Cisco's Lighthouse City programme, a global initiative designed to deploy next-generation technologies to impact citizens and society. The initiative in Newcastle is helping to develop an ecosystem of talent, entrepreneurship, and innovation to drive growth, generate jobs, diversify the economy, and support sustainable growth. Today’s announcement is also the latest example of Cisco’s commitment to support digitisation in the UK. Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) strategy is a long-term partnership with government, industry and academia to deliver real outcomes faster and more effectively for the country.

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