CityVerve’s goal is to create a smarter city, and that means being smarter with how we collect and use data.
Though CityVerve is technically only a few months old, life for Manchester’s demonstrator really began in August of 2015 when Innovate UK put out its call for smart city proposals. Work has been underway since July, and will continue for the next two years.
With a celebrated history of innovation, typified more recently by its driving of the devolution agenda, Manchester was well placed to take on the challenge.
Our approach to getting smarter with our cities
Our approach at CityVerve is all-inclusive. There is a commonly-held belief across the consortium that demonstrating the potential of smart cities begins with ensuring the work we do is relevant to those people who will ultimately benefit most. That is, the citizens.
We aim to learn from and improve on previous investigations into the potential of smart cities. There have been many interesting attempts to show off the transformative power of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a city environment, but until now these have been typified by a siloed approach
Building a consortium and employing open innovation
Bringing together a consortium of 21 organisations from the public, private and education sectors is no mean feat. A genuine appetite for collaboration in the city was vital to making the pitch process a success – we hope that this will continue as the project gets underway.
Based on a platform of open innovation, CityVerve will produce complementary solutions that provide mutual benefits across its four key focus areas:
- transport & travel
- culture & the public realm
- health & social care
- energy & environment
By connecting these four key sectors in a way not done before – our technology is a world first – and encouraging community involvement, CityVerve aims to create a blueprint for other towns and cities around the world.
There’s a huge amount to be done, but with a common purpose and some of the UK’s brightest minds involved in turning great ideas into greater realities we’re more than confident in the legacy that CityVerve will ultimately leave.
Nick Chrissos, Head of Innovation Technology, Cisco UK & Ireland
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