Brits ‘lack interest in smart cities’

Only 18% of British people have heard about a smart city. That’s according to research by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which also reveals a lack of consumer consensus on the relevance of technologies associated with smart cities. The IET, which surveyed 531 people, found that the lowest awareness of smart cities was among […]

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 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 […]

Canary Wharf smart city innovators bag £100k

Canary Wharf will trial two technologies as part of a project that aims to find some of the best emerging smart city products. Demand Logic and SEaB Energy have won the second phase of the Cognicity Challenge, bagging £50,000 each. Demand Logic helps businesses reduce their electricity use by “intelligently” monitoring and controlling non-essential output, […]

Canary Wharf gets ‘smarter’ with cleantech challenge

Plans to turn Canary Wharf into a test bed for “smart” technologies have taken a step forward with 12 finalists revealed. The Cognicity Challenge will see the clean tech start-ups move into One Canada Square where they will work on their ideas for 12 weeks. The finalists include an electric minicab firm, a group that […]

Olé! Madrid gets smarter with green lighting

In an effort to become a ‘smart city’ Madrid will upgrade its infrastructure by replacing all of its street lighting to energy efficient lighting. The Spanish capital is getting 225,000 new energy saving bulbs from Philips. The upgrade will include energy efficient luminaires – that is, light fixtures – on avenues, streets and historic monuments. The project is a collaboration […]

Europe is home of the 'smart city' finds study

Europe is the home of ‘smart city’ programmes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, encourage growth and improve services, according to new research. Smart city programmes will be worth $20.2 billion (£12.6bn) for the world economy by 2020, according to a new report from Navigant Research. It says the market, currently worth $6.1 billion (£3.8bn), will […]