Telensa expands in Cambridge and launches in Singapore
Smart city technology business Telensa is expanding globally by scaling into new offices in Cambridge UK as well as Singapore – its first office in the Asia Pacific region.
The Singapore facility will be run by Chris Johnston, Telensa’s established APAC sales manager, who has worked in both Singapore and China. The move is part of the company’s wider international expansion strategy, driven by unprecedented demand for its smart street lighting and smart city solutions.
Telensa reports profitable revenue growth of over 50 per cent in each of the past two years.
Johnston said: “We are seeing strong growth across the APAC region, for both our smart lighting and other Internet of Things solutions. Singapore is a leading smart city and an ideal base for us, with a strong innovation ecosystem, robust infrastructure and easy connectivity to the rest of the region.”
Telensa’s PLANet smart lighting system runs on Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) – a type of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) wireless network. Unlike other systems that rely on complex mesh networks or costly cellular connections, UNB provides simple deployment, low power consumption and decades of trouble-free operation. This contributes to a compelling business case – a system that quickly pays for itself in energy and maintenance savings. Once deployed, the UNB network provides a free platform for cities to add other sensor and control applications.
Telensa makes wireless smart city control applications, including PLANet, the world’s most widely deployed smart streetlight solution with a global footprint of over one million lights across five continents. Telensa’s solutions also provide a low-cost platform to add multiple city-wide sensor applications.
At home, Telensa has taken the last existing building at Iconix Park, bringing the estate to full occupancy for the first time in a decade. Telensa has taken the newly refurbished Iconix 3 building comprising around 13,000 sq ft.
Will Franks, chief executive officer at Telensa, said: “We are delighted to be moving to Iconix 3 early next year. Telensa is experiencing rapid international growth with revenues up over 50 per cent in each of the past two years and this new HQ will be the focal point for our expanding operation.”
Colin Brown, development manager at Howard Group, the owner of Iconix Park, said: “We are pleased to welcome Telensa to Iconix 3, to complete the existing Iconix Park line-up. As a global leader in its sector, this addition to the estate strengthens Sawston’s presence as a hub for forward-thinking businesses leading the way in their fields. With all units now occupied, we’re excited about the next phase of development.”
Plans are now in place for development of new R & D/office and lab facilities on the adjacent land.
Howard Group acquired Iconix Park, which lies in the heart of the Cambridge science & technology cluster in late 2013.
A comprehensive programme of refurbishment and re-letting means that the park is now home to Biocair, Transforming Pathology Partnership, Iontas, AQDot and Telensa. Further land with planning is available for pre-let development of between 20,000 and 150,000 sq ft.