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Chancellor Backs London “Smart Cities” Research Centres

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Imperial College London and University College London are to set up the “smart cities” centre this year in Shoreditch, east London, that will work with commercial partners.

Mr Osborne said the centre would focus “on the massive amounts of data - energy data, transport data, social data - being generated in the world’s metropolises”.

“This ‘smart cities’ research centre will develop new technologies, in partnership with leading companies, to harness and exploit these huge new data sets.

Peter Walker, Information Builders UK country manager:

“We’re rapidly entering a world where everything can be monitored and measured. However, the big problem is going to be the ability of non tech users to analyse and make sense of the data.”

“It is great to see the government taking positive steps to recognise the true benefits of data analytics. With this approach, key departments will be able to access statistical and other reporting tools that expose the hidden data that is driving change and growth.”

However, Dr Giles Nelson, deputy CTO for Progress Software, believes the government must now look forward to adopting real-time technology:

“For the government, the flow of data currently being dealt with is enormous. While there can by no denying that today’s announcement is a positive move to handle the explosion of data, the next step will be to capture data in real-time in order to proactively respond to events. Only by learning how to apply real-time technology effectively will the government be able to get a true handle on data.”

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