14 high-tech hubs could appear in Devon town centre

A constructed image of what a Pulse Smart Hub would look like in Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot
-Credit: (Image: Urban Innovation Company)


Planning permission is being sought to install 14 high tech smart hubs - which offer a wide range of free benefits from wireless mobile phone charging to a life-saving defibrillator - across different locations in Newton Abbot town centre. An application has been submitted to Teignbridge District Council by Urban Innovation Company (UIC) and Newton Abbot Town Council to introduce Pulse Smart Hubs.

UIC is the only community-first smart street furniture provider in the UK that is said to deliver communication, connectivity, and lifesaving equipment specifically tailored to local areas.

Pulse Smart Hubs are described as being free-standing structures featuring a fully accessible interactive tablet along with larger digital display screens on two sides. The hubs are free to councils, the public and taxpayer.

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UIC pays for the installation, operation and ongoing maintenance of the Hub through paid-for advertising on the main screens. The touchscreen provides the capability of free access to:

A constructed image of what a Pulse Smart Hub would look like by Asda in Newton Abbot
A constructed image of what a Pulse Smart Hub would look like by Asda in Newton Abbot -Credit:Urban Innovation Company
  • Built-in public access defibrillator

  • Built-in nasal Naloxone opioid antagonist (a drug used under controlled conditions for the emergency treatment of a drug overdose)

  • Emergency safety button to support anyone who is vulnerable

  • 999 emergency service button

  • Free phone calls with a built-in speaker and receiver

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • Digital wayfinding/ mapping

  • Wireless mobile phone charging

  • Hyper-local information on what’s on, council services and helplines

A site map of all the proposed Pulse Smart Hubs in Newton Abbot town centre
A site map of all the proposed Pulse Smart Hubs in Newton Abbot town centre -Credit:Urban Innovation Company

The hubs are said to have a 66 per cent smaller footprint than a standard telephone kiosk design and is significantly smaller in width while still providing many services. The proposed locations of the 14 smart hubs are:

  • Location 1: Pavement Adjacent to 1-21 Queen Street TQ12 2EY

  • Location 2: Pavement Adjacent to Asda, Highweek Way TQ12 1TG

  • Location 3: Pavement north of Newfoundland Way Car Park TQ12 1JL

  • Location 4: Pavement Adjacent to 65 Queen Street TQ12 2AU

  • Location 5: Pavement Adjacent to Austins, Bank Street TQ12 2DU

  • Location 6: Pavement Adjacent to 40 Courtenay Street TQ12 2EB

  • Location 7: Pavement On East Street near to Junction with Newfoundland Way TQ12 1AF

A constructed image of what a Pulse Smart Hub would look like in Queen Street, Newton Abbot
A constructed image of what a Pulse Smart Hub would look like in Queen Street, Newton Abbot -Credit:Urban Innovation Company
  • Location 8: Pavement On Highweek Way at the Junction with Highweek Street and MarketStreet TQ12 2JL

  • Location 9: Pavement Adjacent to 23 to 27 Wolborough Street TQ12 1FT

  • Location 10: Pavement Adjacent to 1-6 The Avenue TQ12 4PR

  • Location 11: Pavement Adjacent to Cricketfield Road Car Park, Cricketfield Road TQ12 2AS

  • Location 12: Pavement on Kingsteignton Road at the Junction with Courtenay Street andVictoria Place TQ12 2AD

  • Location 13: Pavement Adjacent to Market Hall on Market Street TQ12 2RL

  • Location 14: Pavement Adjacent to Station Car Park, Station Road TQ12 2BP

A Pulse Smart Hub in operation
A Pulse Smart Hub in operation -Credit:Urban Innovation Company

The planning application states: "Now the concept has been proven, fully established and the prototypes developed, UIC is bringing forward a network of Pulse Smart Hubs across towns and cities more widely across the UK. Strategically positioned, the intention is for the Pulse Smart Hubs to create a telecommunications and services network, enhancing modern digital infrastructure, while improving public safety on the streets, with access to emergency services and lifesaving equipment.

To vire the plans, please click here.