“People talk about smart cities, and it’s a hundred different things to a hundred different people, but essentially it’s just infrastructure,” says Paul Brodrick. I meet him at the early stage of an EU-funded project that aims to develop ‘smart’ quarters in three European cities – Manchester, Eindhoven and Stavanger. Brodrick is looking at smart energy, but the project is much wider than that, bringing together ICT, mobility and energy.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Smart cities with smart energy have to be built up district by district – and driven by users. Janet Wood spoke to Paul Brodrick about how Manchester’s Oxford Road area could be the first of a new breed and an incubator for new business models