HP and Swansea University will spend the next three years looking into technologies that support next-generation greener cities of the future in the latest of the smart city projects sweeping the UK.
There is increasing interest in connected cities and we recently heard about WiFi blankets in Newcastle, a significant investment in Milton Keynes and Arqiva's rollout of a network to underpin Internet of Things sensors in cities.
HP and Swansea University will look at how HP kit can be used by cities, communities and colleges to provide a clear picture of utilities and the infrastructures that they use.
"We have long held that the future of our cities will require operating at the intersection of people, planet, profit and peta-data," said Chandrakant Patel, HP senior fellow and chief engineer, HP Labs. "This programme demonstrates yet another step on our journey towards city-scale resource management."
HP expects its Smart Grid technology, which includes smart meters, situational awareness and data analytics, to assist the university in its studies. The programme will be aimed first at Wales and a local plan to reduce emissions.
Professor Javier Bonet, head of Swansea University's college of engineering, and the programme's strategic director, said: "Working with global enterprises like HP as well as academia and local small and medium businesses is a fundamental part of ensuring a sustainable community.
"This programme will have direct economic benefits for Wales in terms of knowledge creation, innovation and exploitation, as well as the development of a highly-skilled workforce."
Swansea University is currently building a new 65-acre Bay Campus to complement its upgraded Singleton Park Campus and this will be the base for much of the test and development work the university will undertake with HP.
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