Step by step the concept of Smart Cities keeps moving on into specific plans for cities, Manchester in this case. For truly smart cities we need to roll-out smart new buildings and upgrade existing buildings in parallel to a wider data infrastructure related to transport, air quality, citizen services, etc.
Pick Everard have recently attended workshops and group meetings on the areas of Big Data and Asset Management, District Heating Networks, and Health and Wellbeing in buildings organised by Constructing Excellence, CIBSE, The Green Register and the UK Green Building Council, all with a common theme of improving the daily needs of people, with a specific focus on health and well-being,
Examples of work being done in this area range from cities such as Manchester (http://www.cityverve.org.uk/what-is-cityverve/) and many others, to large organisations such as Microsoft (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stories/88acres/88-acres-how-microsoft-quietly-built-the-city-of-the-future-chapter-3.aspx)
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