The latest of the ICW Networking events took place in April in the prestigious surroundings of Imperial College London. Our special thanks to Huawei who sponsored the event.
Professor David Gann, Vice-President, Development and Innovation, welcomed all and provided both a historical perspective on the development of the college, its current wide ranging activities and its future development. The blending of sciences was a crucial facture in the development of future cities and the innovation of those we share today.
Andrew Collinge, Assistant Director, Intelligence and Analysis, Greater London Authority, shared his perspective on the work done with the GLA and the importance of data to help plan and develop innovations and solutions for the future of London. He focused on the challenges to collect a wide variety of data from cross the London boroughs which would provide the interactive intelligence for future development planning. Together with the London Data Store which was now provide increasingly valuable information through one integrated website.
Sarwant Singh, Senior Partner Frost & Sullivan UK, shared his research and views outlining the Key Mega Trends impacting Future of Urban Mobility, including urbanisation, new business models, convergence of business and leisure, integrated transport solutions, connectivity and demographic change. He reinforced the business case for big Data in Mobility, highlight for example how Big Data and Connectivity Will Transform the Car Insurance Industry in Future. Integrated Mobility will be technology enabled, any device delivery of real-time, door-to-door, multi-modal travel encompassing pre-trip, in-trip and post-trip services bringing Convenience, Time & Cost Savings to the Mobility User.
John Morrison, Vice President Enterprise Sales, Huawei, offered the Huawei perspective on Business-Driven Innovative ICT, Building a Better Connected World where human to human, human to machine and machine to machine will become integrated, the focus of Huawei as the enabler to ICT driven industry innovation and transformation. Open Collaborative Innovation and Partnership being the catalyst for success.
Luis Barreto, Product Director at Neul (Huawei), outlined the developments at Neul a leading IoT Competence Centre at the Cambridge cluster. He explained what type of Things will be connected by Cellular-IoT anything with current going through it today and a lot of things that don't, today but will likely in the future and the limitations of current band width, enabling new business opportunities. As demonstrated by Live Water Metering demo with ecosystem partners.
HyperCatcity in partnership with Bristol Is Open & Milton Keynes and supported by the Mayor of London offered the vision of Smart City Collaboration in action. The global market for Smart City technology is likely to be worth $408 billion by 2020 and the UK has strengths in design, research, finance and engineering services offering great potential for UK business to take the lead. Hypercat is founded on the principles of collaborative working, highlighted by 12 Vertical Use Cases Across 4 Industry Sectors each adopting HyperCat across 12 Hubs. Justin Anderson, CEO of Flexeye & Chair of the HyperCat Steering Group, gave two case studies from Bristol Open and Milton Keynes where the approach was already moving forward.
The Future Cities Catapult is a global centre of excellence on urban innovation. It helps businesses and other innovators to develop, test and deploy the products and services that cities need.
Toshiba activities represents a key aspect in developing smart cities looking specifically at creating smart communities where all aspects of energy can be integrated from generation through distribution and the end user. Richard Wiles, Sales and Business Development Director, Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd, highlighted the challenges for the utilities in supporting smart cities. An example was shown in terms of UK trials through the Low carbon Fund bring links from renewable energy to the connected home.
Efficient transportation is core to the development of smart cities and Sherman G. Havens, Technical Director WSP / Parsons Brinkerhoff, provided his perspective on the developments in Greater London. He made the point that transport systems must deliver what society needs and technology must keep pace with society, recognising the need to address both Capital and operating costs. The effectiveness of any system relies on the integration and collaboration of multiple players working to an accurate definition of requirements and targets.
Professor Ian W Reeves CBE, CCMI, FCinstCES, FRSA, FINSTD, a Senior Partner of Synaps Partners LLP and Chairman of Constructing Excellence International, offered his views on the future of Smart buildings are sometimes referred to as 'automated buildings', 'intelligent buildings' or buildings that incorporate smart technology where a proportion are already working collaboratively in increasingly smart buildings. These range from automated systems, intelligent building management systems, Energy efficiency measures, Wireless technologies, Digital infrastructure and more. Buildings and cities are getting ever smarter and buildings will become integrated with each other, their cities enabling infrastructures, governance and public services and importantly the people who will themselves become "Things" in the Internet of Things (IOT) while they live, work, play and pay for these ever smarter buildings and cities of the future. His challenge was that whilst the capability is there these have to be balanced against financial constraints.