Manchester bags £10m to become a smart city

Manchester has scooped a £10 million prize to help the city become smarter. The ‘CityVerve Project’ was chosen as the winner of the government-led competition called ‘Internet of Things’, which […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Manchester has scooped a £10 million prize to help the city become smarter.

The ‘CityVerve Project’ was chosen as the winner of the government-led competition called ‘Internet of Things’, which adds sensors and data analysis to streetlamps, vehicles or home heating technologies.

The project will demonstrate services and technologies in four key areas: energy and environment, healthcare and culture and community.

Led by Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, it includes plans for smart lighting and air quality monitoring systems.

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The UK’s tech sector is renowned for its creativity as well as pioneering research and development. The Manchester project will help the UK to be a world leader in the adoption of Internet of Things technologies and inspire others around the world to create smarter cities.”

The competition is part of a wider £40 million government investment announced earlier this year.