The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has awarded a £10m grant for Manchester to be the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) Demonstrator.
The city will now become an “arena for in-field innovation trials” that demonstrate the capability of the IoT, with the project being delivered by a public-private consortium including Ordnance Survey, Manchester City Council, Cisco UK, the University of Manchester, BT and Asset Mapping.
OS says the ‘CityVerve’ proposition aligns with Manchester’s “ongoing devolution commitment to deliver innovative solutions to local needs and priorities and focus on the continued growth of the digital economy”, and the more efficient and effective delivery of services such as transport, healthcare and energy. It is also intended that what is learnt in Manchester can be applied in other areas of the UK and around the globe.
Miranda Sharp, Head of Smart Cities Practice, says: “The Manchester project is an exciting development for OS and we are very much looking forward to working with the partnership. We are involved in Smart City programmes across Great Britain and it is clear the needs and aspirations of towns and cities can vary, but the one constant is the need for accurate and interoperable mapping and location data to enable robust analysis. Without mapping, geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) it would be impossible to create a Smart City environment powered by the Internet of Things.”
Miranda continues: “If a picture says a thousand words, then a map says millions. Presenting information from different sources on a map can help people understand complex problems in seconds and identify areas of strength and weakness. As the demand for smarter ways of working and Smart urban areas increase, the importance of accurate location data will only grow.”