Seeking to add a leading comprehensive suite of smart city solutions enabled by its ThingSpace internet of things (IoT) platform to help communities increase economic development, drive citizen engagement and enable sustainability, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) announced it has signed an agreement to purchase Sensity Systems.
Sensity announced two leadership appointments and the addition of four advisors to its Advisory Board. Sensity’s new CTO is Geoff Arnold, an industry veteran in distributed systems and cloud computing, while Tahir H. Khan has been appointed as CISO. The new Sensity Advisory board members are James Gosling, known as the ‘father’ of the Java programming language, Ed Davis, the former Police Commissioner of Boston, the Honorable Steve Goldsmith, former Mayor of Indianapolis, and Gabe Klein, previously Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Sensity has acquired Eutecus, an embedded software and configurable processor solutions provider for critical video and multi-sensory analytics systems. The combined company will provide customers with leading computer vision powered solutions in a comprehensive IoT platform for Smart Cities.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Sensity announced an agreement under which the two organizations will form a new joint venture in China to focus on the development of smart city solutions for China and sales worldwide.
Sensity announced an extension to its NetSense Core Node product, the Core Node EX-C, that enables outdoor smart lighting and sensor data to use cellular data networks. Extending Sensity’s existing portfolio that uses Wi-Fi networking, the new cellular Core Node option makes it easier to implement smart LED lighting controls in residential, suburban and other areas of a city or metropolitan area that lack sufficient Wi-Fi coverage.
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions and Sensity Systems Inc. today announced a strategic alliance based on their respective smart city platforms. Panasonic's CityNow Safe and Smart Streets platform is based on the company's experience in smart city planning and integration around the world. The first deployment of the integrated solution will be at Peña Station NEXT, a transit oriented development and sustainable community served by Denver's new light rail line.
Sensity Systems and Genetec announced that the two companies will offer an advanced IoT public safety and security solution. Sensity and Genetec will demonstrate their solution in Booth #537 at the San Diego Convention Center at LIGHTFAIR International (LFI), being held from April 26 to 28. The companies also announced that Kansas City, Missouri is deploying the solution to monitor its new streetcar line.
At LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) 2016, Sensity Systems will speak about Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) advances and showcase real-world solutions built using its NetSense IoT platform.
Sensity executives will be speaking as part of the new IoT and Smart Lighting Forum at LFI, the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. LFI takes place April 26-28 in San Diego.
Sensity Systems announced that Simon Property Group is expanding its NetSense Light Sensory Network deployments to multiple retail properties across the United States. Ranked among the largest shopping mall owners in the country, Simon plans to go well beyond energy efficiency with Sensity LSNs. They are currently deploying the NetSense platform in their parking lots and garages for advanced lighting control. Smart parking, public safety and other operational applications will be implemented in the future to help the mall operator reach their strategic business goals and deliver superior shopping experiences at their properties nationwide.
Genetec™, a leading manufacturer of open-platform, unified IP security solutions, and Sensity® Systems announced a strategic alliance to develop security-focused solutions and applications for municipalities, retail and more, built on Sensity’s NetSense™ platform. As part of the agreement, Sensity has completed interoperability certification for its Video Node with the Genetec Omnicast™ video management system (VMS) and announces that Genetec has joined the NetSense Partner Program to offer additional security applications in the future for light sensory networks worldwide.
Sensity Systems was named today as one of the World Economic Forum’s “technology pioneers”, a selection of the world’s most innovative companies. Sensity enables light owners to capitalize on the LED conversion process by embedding sensors, wireless connectivity, and analytics within both retrofit and new LED luminaires. With Sensity’s cloud-based NetSense platform, lighting owners are able to reduce energy and maintenance costs while simultaneously implementing a variety of additional applications and services, including public safety, environmental and weather monitoring, parking management and location analytics.
Sensity Systems has closed a private funding round of $36 million led by Cisco Investments and includes industry leaders Acuity Brands, GE Ventures and Simon Venture Group (corporate investment arm of Simon Property Group). Sensity has now raised a total of $74 million since its inception from venture investors Almaz Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Radar Partners and Silver Creek Ventures, in addition to these four industry-leading lighting, networking and retail organizations.