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Co Down bike light company See.Sense shortlisted at major BT technology competition

By Rachel Martin

Co Down bike light company See.Sense has been shortlisted in a major BT technology competition.

The husband and wife cycling technology company behind Icon, a so-called intelligent cycle light, has been short-listed in The BT Infinity Lab SME Awards 2016.

BT launched the competition in order to find innovative ideas from small and medium-sized businesses which will help cities to run more efficiently. According to BT, the competition has given SMEs in Northern Ireland a chance to "showcase their big ideas for future digital products and services, in areas such as health and social care, transport and education, employment and skills and across the wider public sector".

The Icon light has the potential to collect cyclist data on issues like near-misses, crashes and road surfaces.

Anonymous information can be sent to the cloud from the cyclist's smartphone, giving cities accurate, low cost data that helps them identify how to improve cycling infrastructure and create smart cities.

The next stage of the competition will see representatives from See.Sense pitch their product to a panel of connected cities experts from BT, the Cabinet Office, the Department of Health, the Department of Transport, Milton Keynes Council and TechHub.

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