UK ‘should use smart products for consumer needs’

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 […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

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.”