Meet the exciting consortium of 21 organisations delivering CityVerve – including Manchester City Council, Manchester Science Partnerships, the University of Manchester, Cisco, BT and other tech players. The project is also backed by Government and Innovate UK. From innovation and transportation to culture and more, click below to quickly filter by project type and see what each partner is delivering
Manchester City Council leads the 21 partner consortium, providing strategic leadership and aligning CityVerve’s activity with city priorities as Manchester develops towards becoming a globally recognised digital city. Our lead role in the Health and Social Care theme sees Manchester piloting health and social care opportunities, connecting with the wider devolution agenda in Greater Manchester, and developing use cases around neighbourhood team integration and community well-being. In addition, Manchester City Council plays a central role in ensuring other use cases are integrated into the city’s “Our Manchester” strategy – ensuring key benefits for Manchester’s citizens – and, working with partners Innovate UK and DCMS, exploring how best to sustain CityVerve after the two year project period.
Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT, helping companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by connecting the previously unconnected. As the lead industry partner for CityVerve, Cisco is spearheading the technical innovation across the whole project, playing a pivotal role in showcasing how Internet of Things (IoT) can be harnessed to revolutionise the lives of citizens and companies in Manchester.
Using our ground-breaking Smart+Connected Digital Platform, Cisco will enable CityVerve to establish a single, centralised layer on which inputs from across the city can be connected in a secure, seamless way. As well as transforming Corridor Manchester into a smart city demonstrator, our focus is on proving a blueprint that can be scaled up and down to smart cities and regions in the UK and beyond.
MSP’s central campus is the CityVerve HQ, home to the Internet of Things (IoT) incubator (Mi-IDEA) and the business engagement lead for CityVerve; delivering the open innovation programme for start-ups and SMEs to develop and test new smart city solutions on the demonstrator platform.
MSP is also the thematic lead for the Energy and Environment use cases, with our building portfolio in the Corridor Innovation District being used as demonstrator sites to test and showcase the new IoT technologies developed through CityVerve. The CityVerve events, engagement and demonstration programme will run from our flagship building - No.1 MSP throughout 2017 and 2018.
The Internet of Things (IoT) adds sensors and data analysis to everyday equipment like streetlamps, vehicles or home heating equipment. These smart improvements help deliver more personal, efficient and flexible products and services. Clicks and Links will participate in designing a serious same platform to encourage a positive behaviour change with Manchester residents. As a demonstrator, it will deploy its award-winning game, the Age of Energy.
Additionally, CL will apply its virtual reality knowledge in building a data visualisation platform that creates actionable insights for residents as well as city leadership.
Both platforms will operate cross-domain and will be able for application throughout the CityVerve use cases.
CollectivWorks is a smart content aggregator and delivery platform, specialising in the publishing of local content through Internet of Things (IoT) filters to visitors and locals alike via WiFi.
Users of the system will be brought content from local organisations, businesses, traditional media outlets and authenticated users based on their location and their device’s previous history in the platform. In doing this CollectivWorks paints a customised local picture of what is going on around the people of Manchester; on their way to work, while waiting for a tram or while walking back from class.
Asset Mapping is leading on two projects within CityVerve:
1. To identify, monitor and visualise all city assets on a map. This helps engineers work from the same platform to install, operate, maintain and decommission assets. In turn, city managers gain better insights on how assets perform overtime and can make more informed decisions towards improving city services.
2. To reduce energy consumption in buildings: Asset Mapping shows how much energy every piece of equipment within a building is consuming, and where each asset is located. This way, facilities managers can optimise consumption based on the use, demand and location of every asset.
FutureEverything is contributing to CityVerve in three interconnected areas, each empowering the people of Manchester to provide valuable input into the project. Through a human-centred design approach and a programme of community engagement, we hope to include as many citizens as possible in the development of the project. As the lead partner in the Culture & Public Realm theme, FutureEverything is also responsible for animating some of the issues surrounding Smart Cities and the internet of things through two art commissions in the public realm.
BT is involved in a number of aspects of CityVerve. As members of the reference architecture team, BT is deploying a data platform, mainly for use in the Travel & Transport theme, where multiple transport data feeds will be gathered and presented in a uniform way for developers in the project and to third parties in the Open Innovation programme. BT is also looking at innovative ways of managing data privacy and are leading the data interoperability work area, based on their leading role in the development of the Hypercat specification. In addition, BT is active in project dissemination and also providing some of the networking capability for the project.
Ordnance Survey’s role is to provide the geospatial framework upon which the project activity will be based – for example, our location expertise and geospatial infrastructure will support use cases such as way-finding, road safety and building asset management. In addition, we will be providing accurate location and attribution data for street-side assets, such as lighting, signs and bus stops. All to help provide a greater sense of place.
At Ordnance Survey, we’re promoting the use of geospatial data as an essential tool for creating Smart outcomes, be it urban or rurally based. By sharing the lessons learned in developing people, processes and technology, Ordnance Survey helps Smart City projects use geospatial data and services to underpin a wide range of policy and business processes.
Satsafe is CityVerve’s lead partner for the road safety task under the transport theme. Over the next 18 months, the Satsafe will be developing an Internet of Things (IoT) Risk Platform for a range of different IoT devices; enabling the demonstration of the commercial, societal and environmental benefit of telematics technologies across different use-cases. These include, young, elderly and other vulnerable drivers, taxis, minibus and community transport.
Satsafe is also a contributing partner to the bike sharing work package and is developing an IoT security device for cycling.
Republic of Things is a Manchester based SME and the UK’s leading Internet of Things platform provider. Republic is aligning technology with real-world need to deliver a “Smarter” Manchester for all of its citizens by making a significant contribution to the development of CityVerve’s Travel & Transport and Health & Social Care themes. Working with the city’s stakeholders Republic is responsible for the co-creation & delivery of a range of cutting – edge Internet of Things (IoT) solutions; from the (now famous) Talkative Bus Stop, logistical support for health workers and innovations in Social Care.
Our focus within CityVerve is on environmental monitoring and energy management within ‘legacy’ buildings. These tend to have poor energy efficiency and do not have in-built sensing/modern BMS capabilities, but could provide the biggest opportunity to improve efficiency through better awareness and pro-active behaviour.
Being able to quickly and easily retrofit sensor capabilities into these environments, and make that data available to other enterprise systems, will help older ‘legacy’ buildings benefit from the same (or better) management/optimization as modern buildings within the Manchester Corridor. This will have a positive effect on reducing energy usage, as well as improving the wellbeing and productivity of workers within the buildings.
Siemens is principally responsible for the Next Generation Building Management System Work Packages with CityVerve. Working closely with Prism Tech, Cisco, Clicks and Links, Manchester Metropolitan University, Asset Mapping and Bruntwood, we aim to demonstrate how a primarily All-IP based system is the future of the market segment.
Our Manchester Oxford Road demonstrator will explore two well-defined use cases. Firstly, All-IP BMS adaptive and predictive heating and cooling technologies. Secondly, All-IP BMS building to grid integration. This will be in close partnership with Cisco’s Digital Ceiling offering.
Transport is the heart of a city. Whether it is moving people or goods, TfGM strive to offer the best possible services to its customers. Cityverve enables us to work with like-minded partners and SMEs to deploy innovative solutions to tackle key challenges for people of the city.
Through Cityverve we want to engage with the customers, allowing them to help us co-design and co-create the solutions to their everyday problems. Leveraging the digital expertise around Greater Manchester, we want to enable SMEs to develop solution to these challenges as part of the City Verve Open Innovation program.
TfGM has the aim of transforming the City of Manchester into a smart city hub to trial and test future transport technologies.
Telensa is leading on two projects within CityVerve:
1. To develop innovative uses of smart lighting: This stretches the functionality of existing smart lighting systems to bring more value to citizens. This will be achieved by providing real time interaction with individuals and site managers.
2. To develop new models for deploying smart parking: Whilst many cities have implemented trial systems for smart parking, this technology has not really found a compelling business case. Within CityVerve we will develop new operational models that unlock real business cases and bring measurable benefits to citizens.
Manchester Metropolitan University are working across 3 themes of CityVerve spanning public participation, transport and energy.
CityVerve is an opportunity to share the wealth of culture that ManMet produces along Oxford Rd Corridor reaching a wide audience and engaging our students and the public in new ways of using Internet of Things (IoT).
Three of our estate sites on the Oxford Road ‘Corridor’ will curate and host a series of interactive installations and activities that will engage the public. These could be projections, performances, speakers corners, events and installations in the park, on the street or on the buildings that people pass by every day.
Our research will explore patterns of travel within Manchester, with the aim of creating a sustainable transport ecosystem for Greater Manchester and persuading people to make greener journeys.
Energy and Environment:
Our research will analyse data from sensors embedded in our buildings on the ManMet estate; which will reveal how people use and move around buildings, to help us make better choices about energy usage and improve the energy perfomance of buildings.
The University of Manchester’s role in the CityVerve project is very wide ranging. The University is responsible for evaluating the project overall and exploring cross-thematic data analytics as well as contributing to a number of use cases.
The University is a major partner in the Health and Social Care theme, deploying Internet of Things (IoT) to help patients to manage their own condition better and motivating citizens to improve their wellbeing through physical activity. In the Energy & Environment theme our contribution is to use cases aiming to make buildings more energy efficient and to monitor air quality more effectively.
Smartgateways is involved in the development of a Chronic Condition Management platform within CityVerve.
This platform uses IoT to help mild and moderately ill Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients to self-care more effectively and enable their care team, peers, family and friends to provide the support to help them do so. The platform supports 4 separate business scenarios:
2. Co-Production of Care Plans
3. Engaging Family and Friends
4. Learning Health System
As the thematic lead for Health and Social Care, CMFT is overseeing the delivery of use cases (UC) that will test whether deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) can have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.
1. Chronic Condition Management (UC lead: CMFT): improving medication adherence and physical activity in moderately ill patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
2. Community Wellness (UC lead: The University of Manchester): Mass-participation in physical activity using wearable and ubiquitous technologies
3. Neighbourhood Team Support (UC lead: Manchester City Council): improving efficiency and connectedness of neighbourhood teams
4. Nursing Home Project (UC lead: University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust ): to augment the care home project with an IoT healthcare approach
Sparta Digital specialises in the provision of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and data analytics services. Our strong expertise in data management, applications development and project delivery has enabled Sparta to become a key player in Smart City projects in UK & Europe.
Sparta is leading the city-concierge use-case along with Transport for Greater Manchester to demonstrate an Augmented Reality (AR) based interactive city navigation solution; enabled through proximity sensors on street furniture and wayfinding signage, while promoting eco-friendly modes of travel. Public features such as Talkative Bus stops deliver citizen engagement services, analyse demand and make bus stops accessible while increasing ridership. Sparta is also contributing to air quality monitoring and traffic management.