How cities work is changing. Developments in software, hardware and telecom networks are enabling more interaction between people and places and more machine-to-machine communication, creating an internet of things. Opening-up and making sense of this will give us more ability to interact, work and play with our city. Smart city technologies will be able to respond in real-time to everyday events including congestion, waste management, entertainment events, e-democracy, energy supply and more.
This year the centre of Bristol will be home to three new fast networks: in the ground; bouncing from lamppost to lamppost and connecting wirelessly along the Brunel Mile. These networks will enable a variety of research and development projects. Each project will be managed by the ‘Bristol Is Open’ Joint Venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council.
Paul Wilson is Managing Director of Bristol Is Open. Paul previously worked in software and finance for fifteen years. He joined from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, where he developed the Strategic Economic Plan for the West of England.
7.30pm: The Architecture Centre, Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA
Members: £2, Non members: £5 suggested (minimum £2)
The venue has limited capacity so arrive early to ensure admission.