Smart meters, smart-grid technologies, wireless sensors and other innovations all have the potential to reduce energy consumption and improve resource efficiency. But what is the best way to use these tools in an integrated way?
That’s one of the questions that a new collaborative effort between HP and Wales-based Swansea University aims to answer. The three-year program will explore ways to develop secure, situation-aware, intelligent campuses, communities and cities.
“We have long held that the future of our cities will require operating at the intersection of people, planet, profit and peta-data,” says Chandrakant Patel, an HP senior fellow and chief engineer with HP Labs. “This program demonstrates yet another step on our journey towards city-scale resource management.”
The first phase of the collaboration will focus on the Welsh government’s goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent before 2050. Working together, HP and Swansea University will establish a testbed to explore the best ways to integrate today’s smart technologies, cybersecurity tools and software to help achieve that goal.
“This program 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,” said Javier Bonet, head of the university’s college of engineering and strategic director for the collaborative effort.