Computer heavyweight Intel is set to invest $40 million (£25.5m) in a worldwide network of research centres, which includes collaborating with Imperial College and UCL in London. The global technology firm wants to improve computing solutions to enhance the sustainability of cities.
Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer said: “In 2050, most of the nine billion people in the world will live in cities… Therefore the demands of cities will be highly representative of the demands of humanity.”
Researchers will develop technologies by using real-time user and city infrastructure data. Academics at Imperial and UCL say sensor networks could be used to monitor traffic flows and predict the effects of extreme weather conditions on water supplies, resulting in the delivery of near real-time information to citizens through citywide displays and mobile applications.
David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science said: “This agreement is a clear signal that the UK is a great place for high-tech research and that our significant investment in e-infrastructure will drive growth and innovation.”