Our world’s cities are facing overcrowding issues. Many are having to find new and innovative ways to solve problems such as traffic congestion and pollution, with resources such as water, energy, and housing all feeling the strain.

With populations expected to grow to more than six billion by 2050, many local authorities are looking for ways to make their cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Could IoT and the development of smarter cities be the answer to meeting your sustainable development goals? Providing greater connectivity to the environments we live and work in, smart city tech can provide a platform for monitoring resource use and drive down unnecessary costs. So, what can smart cities do for your sustainability goals? Here our experts look at what solutions are available and how it can dramatically improve your sustainability measures.


In January 2018, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its Internet of Things Guidelines for Sustainability. After exploring 643 applications of IoT technology, the WEF found that 84 percent were addressing, or could potentially address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


Reduce energy costs, increase road safety and promote cycling to drive health benefits

Smart street lights

It is clear the introduction of LED street lighting has helped reduce many local authorities’ energy bills by anything from 30-70%.  Reducing spend through energy savings is important, but connected streetlights take it to the next level. Smart lighting networks can be harnessed to cheaply deploy IoT devices beyond lighting.

Sensors can monitor the flow of vehicles and generate information to dynamically adjust lighting levels based on road usage. Increased dimming generates further energy savings while creating a safe environment for road users. Traffic sensors cheaply connected via smart lighting networks are an example of how street lights can provide the backbone to implement smart city applications.

Interested to learn more? Then contact Urban Control to find out more about our Traffic Management Services and other smart city solutions in the UrbanSense portfolio.

Improve air quality around key areas such as schools, hospitals, and inner-city routes

Air quality sensors

Want to know where pollution is at its worst in your city? And what is causing it? By deploying air quality sensors, you can. Air quality sensors monitor environments at a localised level. Collected data can provide insight into air quality performance versus government targets such as the Air Quality Index. Air quality information at strategic locations such as busy transport hubs, city centres, and schools, highlights the number of people affected.

This quantifiable data can drive decisions to introduce positive environmental outcomes such as speed limits, pedestrianised areas and investment in green infrastructure. Initiatives required to sustainably manage cities and positively impact billions of lives in urban spaces.

If you would like to discuss how smart city tech can help meet your sustainability targets, contact the team here.


Our smart city solutions:






Managed Services

Our focus is to provide you with a sustainable and resilient smart-city-solution. Our mesh network is an integral part of that promise.

Through our technology partner, Itron, we provide one of the most advanced and reliable IoT networks in the world. This open standards-based, trusted platform achieves a staggering >99.5% reliability and has been proven at scale, securely connecting nearly 200 million critical devices in some of the toughest climates and most diverse topographies on five continents.

Mesh enables coverage with considerably less infrastructure than popular star topology networks while providing a flexible foundation to support future uses cases. Unlike star networks, which require direct connections to each endpoint device, mesh endpoints can communicate with each other. With this unique capability, mesh networks are able to deliver unmatched performance in the most challenging operating environments, including dense urban and remote topographies.

Here’s how:

Our connectivity platform combines long range radios – which offer extremely efficient long range communication – with mesh networking technology – where every device acts as a repeater for every other device.

This means devices can communicate directly with access points over very long distances, and allow messages to ‘hop’ through 15 devices before reaching the Access Point. This ability to see round corners allows the network to get near to 100% coverage in every part of the city, including the hard to reach locations where many sensors might be placed.

While 15 hops is supported we typically design networks to average just 4 ‘hops’ between the sensor and the access point, to ensure there is a huge amount of path redundancy in the event of individual device failure, or localised power outages.

In other words, even if you have multiple nodes knocked out by a power outage, the data will automatically zig-zag between the remaining nodes and still make it through to the access point (assuming the shortest route is less than 15 ‘hops’).

This enables us to exceed 99.5% reliability in terms of communication because of this extensive self-healing capability.

Equally, every node will register with two Access Points. If one fails, the nodes will instantly start using the second.

As new devices are added, the mesh forms new connections, becoming stronger and more resilient with each new connection.

All of this happens automatically without user intervention and ensures that our network is part of a truly flexible, robust and sustainable solution.


Contact us on 0203 437 0777 to see how we can create a secure and future-proof smart city solution for your municipality 

Our team

The team at urbancontrol come from contracting and engineering backgrounds as well as local authorities. So we know the job you do first hand. We talk your language and we know the challenges you face.

Central Management Software (CMS) training

Practical and tailored training; Luisa is our CMS expert and will get you up-to-speed and benefiting from everything urbanmaster has to offer.


Node installation training

Our straight-talking and practical training sessions ensure that the real ‘hands-on’ element of our solution is delivered safely and clearly.

Ongoing support

As part of our solution, we offer a trouble-shooting hotline, straight through to our experts. We like to think we are always on-hand to talk you through any software or hardware issues. We can also incorporate field-support into your package if this is what you need.

Contact Luisa> to to talk about your training needs.

At urbancontrol we promote an integrated approach to the adoption of smart city technology; we believe that by joining up the dots across your city’s infrastructure, you will obtain the greatest savings and greatest benefits. Our promise is to provide you with a future-proofed solution that can adapt and evolve alongside your urban environment.

urbanmaster is designed with that approach in mind and is a fully flexible and scalable central management system allowing local authorities and their stakeholders to benefit from some of the most powerful analytical tools on the market.

Our CMS platform is available as a cloud-based product or on your own business’ server. The system provides you with map-based real-time control, automatic massive data collect and aggregation, inventory and asset management, switching and dimming schedulers, calendars, advanced alarming, automatic reporting, data analytics, control centre monitoring and more.

It is a multi-system and multi-application platform that is used by over 500 cities across 15 countries to control, monitor and analyse data such as drainage levels, traffic flow, pollution levels, occupancy (footfall) and more.

By using a city’s street lighting infrastructure to communicate data via nodes attached to the luminaire, urbanmaster allows you to control a portfolio of city-assets. The vast array of data that can be captured and reported means our customers are able to make intelligent decisions about how they manage their asset portfolio, enabling them to save energy, increase safety and reduce their maintenance costs.

With over 500 scalable features, urbanmaster can be adopted by large cities right down to our smallest boroughs. Our team provide full system and on-site training and support. Find out more about our customer support here >

urbanmaster supports both wireless and power line Control Systems and Outdoor Lighting Networks (OLNs) from 40 manufacturers. The platform is TALQ compliant meaning it is compatible with any other solution that is also TALQ compliant. You can read more on our open standards and network here >

Just some of the features available on urbanmaster:

We are continuously developing and improving our system. With an easy to use, intuitive user-interface, urbanmaster is designed to provide you with powerful data at your fingertips.

Should you require a bespoke app then please speak to us.

Equipment Inventory

The Equipment Inventory WebApp enables users to add, edit, commission, remove and display devices on the map. Devices are grouped by geographical groups called geozones. A geozone is a location (latitude and longitude) displayed at a pre-defined zoom level on the screen. Geozones are defined by the end-users. They contain either devices or other geozones, to create a hierarchical view of all your devices/assets, like folders containing files in your computer.

Alarm Manager

The “Alarm Manager” WebApp enables you to create alarm definitions on the urbanmaster CMS. Alarms are defined based on several types of conditions (or “triggers”) to trigger actions such as sending an email with a configurable text. For instance: sending an email to a maintenance team when more than 3 Light Points, which are less than 200 metres apart, have sent a “Lamp Failure” event to the urbanmaster CMS.

Report Manager

The “Report Manager” WebApp enables users to create reports that are automatically computed and sent by the urbanmaster CMS to selected users by email or FTP. These reports can be designed so they are compatible with your standard reporting process.

Data History

The “Data History” WebApp provides access to data values and their timestamp that has been measured by the devices and sent to the urbanmaster CMS. It displays these data in dynamic and interactive graphical charts.

Failure Tracking

The “Failure Tracking” WebApp provides end-users with a map-based view of the status of the devices. It displays:
· The total number of devices with critical failures and warnings for each geozone at a high zoom level
· A non-interactive status view for all the end-devices at intermediate zoom level
· An interactive view of each device at a close zoom level, with detailed history for each device

Real-time Control

The “Real-time Control” WebApp enables users to remotely control and monitor devices in real time, send them commands (e.g. dim to 72%) and read metering data (e.g. current, voltage, power, power factor).

Batch Control

The “Batch Control” WebApp enables users to easily perform real-time control operations on arbitrary groups of devices.

Scheduling Manager

The “Scheduling Manager” WebApp enables users to define control programs and calendars and commission them into the devices managed by the urbanmaster CMS. It allows you to create, edit and delete control programs and calendars with most of the control systems supported by the urbanmaster CMS.

Open standards

A truly Smart City is able to continuously develop and innovate its core infrastructure and systems. No one can predict the future but we want to make sure that you are ready for it – whatever it looks like. That’s why all our solutions are based around Open Protocols. This allows our equipment to speak a universal language when working with other vendor’s products.

As part of the Wi-SUN alliance, we have access to an eco-system of partners (130+ and growing) who develop sensors and apps for our solutions, ensuring that our system continues to be at the forefront of the Smart City arena.

Wi-SUN Alliance Field Area Networks deliver multi-vendor interoperable solutions to a broad variety of applications, including street lighting, parking systems and traffic management. Municipalities can install products from different approved suppliers confident that they will interoperate seamlessly. You can learn more about Wi-SUN here

To find our more about how our mesh network ensures our smart city solutions are sustainable and resilient, click here >


Mobility is at the heart of the Smart City; smart traffic control systems reduce travel and waiting time and thus reduce emissions of pollution and greenhouse gases.

Our smart sensors make the most of existing infrastructures and traffic lights to provide the quality of traffic data that is required to fully optimise the traffic flow.

A Smart City is also about smarter power management: adjusting city lighting to the density of vehicle or pedestrian traffic can be achieved with smart sensors and cameras.

Talk to us about our traffic control solutions >


Here are just some of the solutions that we provide with our technology partner, Citilog.

Automatic Incident Detection

The video-based Automatic Incident Detection is widely recognised as the solution of choice in the Intelligent Transportation System industry and by road infrastructure security.

The state-of-the-art algorithms identify incidents and accidents within seconds on highways, bridges and in tunnels.

They operate as a software application on existing cameras or directly inside Smart Cameras or smart sensors, thus offering solutions for any project infrastructure.


XCam-Edge-AID is an Automatic Incident Detection sensor designed to detect incidents and accidents on roadways. It provides real-time detection of incidents and accidents as well as traffic data.

XCam-Edge-AID allows fast automatic real-time incident detection with an alarm and on-screen display of incidents within a few seconds after an incident occurs. Fast detection enables a proactive response to incidents and accidents and thus limits the risk of secondary accidents, minimising human loss and infrastructure damage.


XCam-Edge-ww is a wrong-way sensor designed to detect and prevent wrong-way drivers.

Typically deployed on off-ramps, XCam-Edge-ww can detect a wrong-way driver within a few seconds. Locally connected to a Variable (or Dynamic) Message Sign, it can warn drivers in a second that they are engaging the ramp in the wrong direction. Connection to the sign can be via open collectors, Ethernet or wirelessly.

Traffic Data Collection

The Traffic Data Collection solution provides reliable data for statistics, planning and real-time road user information.

With a wide range of products and devices, we offer the best solutions for a specific project, whether you need a cost-effective traffic data sensor or want to use existing CCTV cameras to collect data.

The LPR and BlueTooth sensors provide ideal solutions for travel time calculation and origin-destination mapping.

Licence Plate Recognition

Licence Plate Recognition is a powerful tool for intelligent transportation projects, whether for smart data collection, vehicle identification or enforcement.

Citilog offers high-performance sensors that can be used in the most demanding environments, such as highways and tunnels.


Talk to us about our traffic control solutions >