The CityVerve project in Manchester is the UK demonstrator city which aims to provide an urban model for the application of Internet of Things technologies and services.

This technology will generate large datasets for architects, planners and citizens to help them make decisions about wellbeing. Systems being explored in Manchester include using smart and connected street lighting which can help reduce car use and congestion — alternative forms of transport to the car need to be attractive and safe.

While bike sharing schemes can be expensive to install and maintain, an alternative is to use Internet of Things-enabled bikes in a crowd-sourced and maintained, secure bike sharing service.

Street furniture and connectivity infrastructure such as lamp posts and street cabinets on the Manchester Corridor will be used to monitor air quality at different heights and locations. Information will be passed to those with health conditions and made publicly available to support walking options and routes.

This BeeActive project is one of the Health and Social Care schemes which aims to help people achieve their daily walking goals with the help of behaviour change ‘nudges’ whilst at the same time discovering new things about the city of Manchester.


Location: United Kingdom

Credit:  A consortium of 21 organisations including Manchester City Council, Manchester Science Partnerships, the University of Manchester, Cisco, BT and other tech players

Images: CityVerve