Where is the smartest city in the world? What does it look like today? How will it look in the future? These are the questions we set out to answer in our Smart City issue.
Conceptually, the Smart City lies where the Internet of Things meets the future of built environment, renewables, transport and growing city populations. Sensors in everything, big data and fast communications networks will provide more efficient use of shared resources, a more pleasant city environment and unimaginable new services. Life will be very different in the future city. Apparently.
This has got us wondering what life will be like in the rural outposts of this green and pleasant land. As smart as London or Manchester get, when you’re up a wet hill on the moors in the dark, life will remain resolutely simple, grim and forbidding.