Speakers Confirmed:

Focus Areas

SMART & FUTURE CITIES

Government, cities, businesses and universities are joining forces to make sure the UK is leading the global race to develop smarter cities. A new forum led by government, will see local authorities and businesses working together to ensure that growth opportunities are not missed in a market estimated to be worth more than $400 billion globally by 2020. Read More »

SMART HEAT & ENERGY SYSTEMS

Smart City Heating: An integral part of building sustainable urban developments is to respond to the high heat demands in urban areas with low carbon solutions. Nearly half the energy we use in the UK is used for heating. The future of Heating: Meeting the challenge, published in March, set out the Government’s next steps for ensuring that affordable, secure, low carbon heating plays an important role in the nation’s energy mix. Read More »

INTERNET OF THINGS

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasing the connectedness of people and things on a scale that once was unimaginable. Connected devices outnumber the world’s population by 1.5 to 1. Read More »

CONNECTED COMMUNITIES

Smart technologies can make our cities work better, but to face the challenges ahead including population growth and transport, we also need our towns and villages to become ‘smart connected communities’ People in towns or small villages should have the same access to services as those living in a big city. Equally, it should make it possible for city dwellers to feel the same connection with their community and local government as residents of small towns and villages. Ideally, we need every city and community to become smart; to understand the opportunities and support development of infrastructure. This includes things like sharing ducting, using public buildings and lamp posts to position wireless transmitters, and support through the planning system. Read More »

SMART & FUTURE MOBILITY

Urban population will double by 2050 and as cities grow, so will urban transportation; congestion will increase which will have a huge impact on other factors like environment and commuting time. Cities are full of cars, buses, trams, trains and pedestrians and therefore cities need to make transport mobility smarter, reliable, green and more efficient. Mobility underpins everything we do as individuals, people need to move around to secure basic human needs. It is one of the most intractable challenges faced by government but the adoption of smart solutions can help to improve efficiency of the system and redistribute demand across routes and time. Technologies and services like smart parking, smart ticketing, real time journey planner, command and control centre, bike and car sharing enable smarter mobility and they benefit travellers, service producers and urban planners. Read More »

SMART GRID & ENERGY STORAGE

A smart grid is an evolved grid system that manages electricity demand in a sustainable, reliable and economic manner, built on advanced infrastructure and tuned to facilitate the integration of all involved. Smart grids will provide more electricity to meet rising demand, increase reliability and quality of power supplies, increase energy efficiency, be able to integrate low carbon energy sources into power networks. Read More »

LOW CARBON INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Carbon Review (ICR) Initiative. Currently infrastructure and related areas like energy, account for around half of all UK carbon emissions. The Review demonstrated by saving valuable resources by using new technologies, construction techniques and a low carbon approach, as much as 24 million tonnes of carbon could be cut and £1.46 billion a year saved by 2050. Read More »

FINANCE & FUNDING

As Britain moves towards a low-carbon economy the public sector needs to lead by example. The budgetary rules governing capital expenditure vary across public sector organisations. However, most organisations will follow broadly similar principles in developing an investment/business case. Some public sector organisations, such as councils and universities are able to borrow; whereas others, such as NHS boards in Scotland find it more difficult. Read More »