The UK should implement smart technologies as they can adapt to consumers’ needs.
Peter Shearman, Local Government Innovation Manager at IT company Cisco told ELN: “Controlling the environment, making it adapt to what people need and reject what they don’t need. That’s what [smart] technologies are able to do.”
They are also more efficient and help save energy, he added.
Speaking to ELN at the Westiminster e-Forum in Central London, Mr Shearman went on: “IT is often seen as a driver of carbon because of the impact of data centres. Data centres are an extremely efficient way to do computing and they can enable nearly up to 5% of your energy consumption and they can enable energy reductions in the other 95%.”
During the conference, technology experts also talked about the development of smart products to improve cities and they agreed focusing on consumers is key.
Mr Shearman added: “I think we are still in the early stage, if we focus on the public sector there is still a very long way to go. I think cities have structures in process in organisations and those have not been broken down by technology yet.”