The industry’s latest buzzword – ‘smart cities’ – is a hot topic for local authorities, businesses and asset owners, but what makes an asset, or city, smart?
Ashley Bateup, Head of Technology and Strategy for FM Conway’s smart cities team – part of the lighting division – is helping clients answer this question and implement best practice. He explains: “The smart cities agenda is about creating connected places and a more intelligent approach to our built environment using data analytics.
“By using new low-cost sensors and wireless communications, such as Narrow Band, we can combine real-time and legacy data to shape more efficient buildings and spaces that support the needs of 21stcentury cities. This can help reduce costs and drive new revenues for our clients, such as smart parking schemes.”