Joining the dots: putting data sharing at the heart of our smart city


Nick Chrissos

When you’re in the process of building a smart city demonstrator, a question, unsurprisingly, that comes up pretty frequently is ‘what is it that really makes a city smart?’

We all know that smart cities aren’t about trying to recreate a sci-fi movie vista, with flying cars and robot law enforcement. With CityVerve it’s much more grounded in harnessing technology, which is often invisible to the eye, to make people’s lives better.

When we looked at other projects around the world, we saw many amazing technologies – but they were limited at the point at which they try to link up their various smart applications. We decided that in CityVerve we would break down these siloes and establish a unified platform for all the use cases to feed into.

As our project begins to pick up steam – we’ve connected our first building, Community Forums are underway, and we’ve tested the use of smart sensors to help people get more out of their city – the realistic challenge of connecting these work streams and the data gathered by them becomes ever more pertinent....

To read more about how our ‘platform of platforms’ will work to unify the project’s various data platforms, click here