Cities are getting busier, streets are increasingly gridlocked with vehicles, and services and infrastructure such as energy, water and public transport under increasing strain, says Jonathan Spencer Jones, consulting editor at Engerati, the sister news portal to Metering.com.
Enter the concept ‘smart city’. The term may be a buzz phrase currently but smart cities are the way forward in addressing issues such as these and climate change, Steve Turner, head of Smart Cities at Manchester City Council said in a recent interview. [Smartening Manchester’s Corridor]
Manchester’s smart city effort – focused strategically on The Corridor with its mix of academic and business presences – is one of several smart city developments in the UK and one of hundreds across the globe now under way that are seeking to harness the value to be gained from the interconnectedness that these are founded on.
With energy at the core of human activity and endeavour, it should be no surprise that energy should also be at the centre of any smart city development. But just as no two utilities are alike and there is no universal smart grid blueprint, so too with smart city projects. In fact the same stricture applies as it should with any project – understand your city and what you are trying to achieve and why. [Integrated Approach Develops Smarter Cities]
In the coming months we will be hearing a lot more about smart cities, which are potentially one of the most exciting and far reaching developments of the 21st century.
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