As part of Information Age's Smart City Month, Nick Chrissos - from Cisco Systems - looks at a smart city project in Manchester
The ability to connect everything is undoubtedly one of the most exciting digital developments for the foreseeable future.
According to Gartner there will be over 20 billion IoT units installed across both the consumer and business worlds by 2020. The potential is huge. McKinsey estimates that if policy makers and businesses get it right, linking the physical and digital worlds could generate up to $11.1 trillion a year in economic value by 2025.
This is precisely why CityVerve – a landmark project, backed by a consortium of partners including IoTUK, a government funded programme designed to accelerate the UK IoT industry – was launched to transform the city of Manchester into a demonstrator for IoT technologies. The two-year project brought together the brightest minds and pioneering uses of Internet of Things technologies to explore and redefine ‘smart’ in the context of a living, working city.
The project saw 20 organisations ranging from the city council, universities and hospitals, to transport bodies and private businesses – collaborate to embrace the technology and provide data to make Manchester an even better place to live, work, play and learn, locating activity along Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor.
The project’s primary aim was to connect the unconnected and break down silos across culture, energy, environment, health, social care, transport and travel – which we certainly achieved. I was responsible for the technical delivery of the project as a whole. But like any digital transformation project, it stumbled into barriers and issues along the way.
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