BT to help Manchester become a ‘smart city’

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities July 27, 2016 17:48

BT to help Manchester become a ‘smart city’

Our growing smart city expertise is winning us new projects and giving us a prominent role in creating guidelines for the world’s smart cities of tomorrow.

The city of Manchester has launched a two-year smart city programme, called City Verve. We’re working with Cisco, the city, local universities and small businesses to run innovative services using the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s received £10m UK government funding.

Our open data hub will be at the heart of CityVerve.

John Davies, chief researcher of future business technology at BT, said: “Data is the gold. But the data you need to make smart cities comes from a range of stakeholders.

“Our hub lets everyone trade their information securely and potentially monetise it.

“Our aim is to create something that is scalable and replicable elsewhere.”

City Verve applications will focus on health and social care; travel and transport; energy and environment; and culture and the public realm.

Smart Cities are a growth area. Over the next seven years, global spending on smart cities will increase by $27.5 billion, says Machina Research.

BT’s Chris Bruce is co-chair of the Wireless Broadband Alliance and a member of the connected cities advisory board.

He chaired the WBA’s Connected Cities summit in Liverpool, where he met with international operators, cities and suppliers to create a common blueprint for smart cities.

Chris said: “We’re looking at how different groups – citizens, business, government – can work together to create a sustainable business model.”

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities July 27, 2016 17:48