BT’s role in the CityVerve project is, among other things, pretty focused on data: where to collect it from, how it’s gathered, and how it can be used to inform and improve use cases across all of our project themes.
Today, we’ve announced the launch of a new project with the folks at See.Sense. We’ll be distributing 180 of See.Sense’s sensor-enabled ICON bike lights to cyclists across Manchester.
It won’t be the first time we’ve worked alongside See.Sense, though it will mark a Manchester debut for the company and their innovative tech.
After winning BT’s SME Award for Connected Cities, the team has been working with BT on the MK:Smart initiative – Milton Keynes’ smart city project – to introduce the connected ICON cycle light to cyclists in the city.
As well as doing the usual job of keeping cyclists lit up and visible on the road, the ICON gathers a broad range of anonymised sensor data.
This data collection and sensor communication works in two ways: firstly, to make the bike light flash brighter and faster in riskier situations such as crossing busy junctions or approaching roundabouts, and secondly to feed back environmental data.
This could be about the quality of the road surface, or highlighting events such as near misses or traffic accidents – flagging up particularly danger-prone sections of city cycling routes.
Crucially for the CityVerve project, the data gathered is also aggregated and then made available to the wider CityVerve consortium.
We’ll able to learn more about how Manchester’s cyclists are using their city, not only from a travel and transport perspective but how this is affecting aspects of our energy and environment and health and social care themes too.
For me, all of this is exciting from a technological perspective; but more than that, it’s another example of companies of all shapes and sizes working together within the CityVerve project towards a broad set of goals – goals which are aimed ultimately at benefitting the people of Manchester.
To register your interest to be included in the initial trial, head over here.