Urban

Cities have long been producers and consumers of ‘big data’ whether it be about its population, economy, transport networks, flows of people along with the impacts of climate change on the built and natural environment. Over recent years the emergence of what people term Smart City systems are increasingly ‘data driven’. Citizens create much of these data, carrying out everyday transactions, mostly without their knowledge or informed consent. Big data can be derived from a variety of data stores: social media, consumer sites, search engines, smart phone apps, smart utility meters, credit card transactions, CCTV, etc. and whilst big data offer many as-yet-unexploited opportunities for smart cities, the risks to individual privacy and freedom also be taken seriously. This is a conversation that is only beginning to surface as citizen-consumers become more aware of how information relating to them is being collated and used for commercial or political interests.

Cities can of course benefit hugely from all of this data, but only if they have the methods, tools and techniques to properly interrogate, analyse and interpret this data in meaningful ways. Manchester's Data Science Institute are at the forefront of developing such methods through our urban data science theme to support cities in fully utilising the new opportunities that exist within data science to support cities and urban areas in understanding this emerging area.

Projects: The University of Manchester has a strong track record of involvement in developing smart solutions in cities with projects like CityVerve and Triangulum Project. Being smart means making better decisions, and the University of Manchester has developed a series of projects that use data to help citizens and governments achieve their goals including: DIMMER, SMARTiP, TellUs, Climate Proof Cities, Manchester Cycling Lab, and Map for England.

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CityVerve

CityVerve is a £10 million Innovate UK project that will see Manchester transform into a ‘smart city’ demonstrating the power of IoT technologies to revolutionise and improve city services.

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Triangulum Project

Triangulum is a €25 million Horizon 2020 project funded by The European Commission to demonstrate cutting-edge smart city technologies .

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DIMMER

DIMMER

Funded by the FP7 smart cities 2013 call, the ‘District Information Modelling and Management for Energy Reduction’ project uses sensors to gather data on energy use in districts and cities.

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SMARTiP

SMARTiP

An FP7 European funded research project, SMARTiP investigated innovative ways for citizens and public service providers to co-create, test and exchange information about new urban services and tech.

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TellUs

TellUs

This project uses location analytics, pinpointing the vital information, connections and patterns citizens need to make better, more insightful decisions.

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Climate Proof Cities

Climate Proof Cities builds a multi-scale, quantitative knowledge base on urban climate, the vulnerability of cities to climate change, and expected impacts of possible future changes in climate.

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