A year with the Smart City Alliance – 2019

It’s the end of another year and here at IAWM we are reflecting on the amazing time we’ve had with our Smart City Alliance partners, and all the smart things we’ve seen and heard throughout 2019. We hope you took as much away from it is we did! To celebrate, we want to share our top ten takeaways:

  1. STEAMhouse is a new centre for innovation and creation. Uniting talented people from different backgrounds in the arts, science, technology, engineering and maths – the STEAM sectors – to bring amazing new ideas to life.
  2. Whim App – One app for all your transport needs. Say goodbye to bulky purses, travel cards, and a thousand or so different apps when going about your daily business in Birmingham!
  3. University of Birmingham Green Heart – Measuring over 12 acres, the Green Heart opens up the centre of campus for students, staff and the local community to enjoy, complete with energy generating paving!
  4. Liveable Cities is a five-year programme of research to develop a method of designing and engineering UK cities that take cognisance of one planet living, one world resources and individual and societal wellbeing.
  5. CityGate is a new IoT urban data platform created by a team of established academics and students at BCU. In the context of cities, the vision of the CityGate platform is to collect, integrate and analyse big data to improve urban systems and life quality that will lead to smarter and greener cities.
  6. Birmingham in Real Time is a project aiming to provide a real-time data platform for all things related to Birmingham through the collection, analysis, transformation and delivery of actionable data from a range of sources.
  7. ASTUTE – Technologies for the benefit of the urban citizen. ASTUTE is a collaborative environment at Aston University, enhancing the relationship between researchers from different but complementary fields and enabling them to tackle the major interdisciplinary challenges facing the modern city.
  8. EBRI – The Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute at Aston University conducts world-class research into all aspects of bioenergy including energy-from-waste and the development of new bioproducts and services, all of which contribute to improving the UK’s carbon footprint and improving security of energy supplies.
  9. MTC – The Manufacturing Technology Centre provides integrated manufacturing system solutions across sectors as diverse as automotive, aerospace, rail, informatics, food & drink, construction/civil engineering, electronics, oil & gas and defence.
  10. EEN – Enterprise Europe Network helps companies innovate and grow internationally helping those smart ideas prepare for global growth!

We can’t wait for 2020. Watch this space for up-coming events…