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Smart Cities

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.”

Services used on this project Consultancy Lighting
Delivering Innovation 

FM Conway is working with local authorities to futureproof their assets and create more connected, intelligent spaces, using the ‘smart cities’ approach as a framework. 

Ashley comments:
“We’re currently working with Westminster City Council to install a smart LED street lighting system across the borough. 

"We’re deploying sensors which allow us to monitor the health of the lighting infrastructure and collate operational data on other key assets, such as drainage and highways."

Over time, FM Conway and Westminster aim to build a holistic picture of how services are delivered, reshaping the way they work together around this. 

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Using a cloud platform, we can analyse this information in real-time to plan ahead and proactively manage the asset, minimising the need for ad hoc repairs and interventions. 

Ashley Bateup - Head of Strategy and Technology at FM Conway
Outcomes

FM Conway has experienced the benefits of a digitised asset management approach on a smaller scale at its headquarters, supporting the business’ efforts to embed innovation and sustainable working across the company. 

Ashley said:
“We’ve installed a connected lighting system alongside other sensors at Conway House. The insights that these data-gathering systems provide help us to optimise our energy use, reduce maintenance costs and better understand how the building is used by employees. 

“We’re now able to monitor and manage our building in a completely different way. In total, the system has reduced our operational costs by over 40 per cent since 2016.”