Mosley Street in Newcastle was the first street in the world to have electric lighting, in 1879, and now it has become the UK’s “smartest street”.
Connectivity specialist Connexin has worked with networking company Cisco and Newcastle City Council to install smart city technologies including multiple sensors and cameras to help demonstrate what is possible when you add digital technology to a road in a normal city.
Connexin has built a network of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors into the street’s bins, road surfaces and lights to provide intelligence about how the city is working.
The Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform will track and monitor this data, allowing city officials to make decisions based on live and historic data to help improve the area.
According to Cisco, use cases include:
- Parking — Using data trends to predict whether drivers will be able to find a parking space on the road.
- Traffic — Generating short- and long-term traffic forecasts to support traffic management.
- Air pollution — Pinpointing the causes of pollution, with the aim of reducing its effect in the area.
- Waste management — Helping refuse operators to manage waste disposal more productively.
- Lighting — Using predictive analytics to manage power consumption more effectively and improve safety with lighting.
- Potholes — Using artificial intelligence (AI) and video analytics to predict the effect of traffic on the road surface, providing evidence for the council to consider for preventative maintenance.
“No single organisation can make smart cities happen on its own,” said Furqan Alamgir, founder and chief executive of Connexin. “Governments, businesses, the education sector and citizens need to work together to grasp the opportunity. The sum is way greater than the individual parts. This project is a perfect demonstrator of all the parts working together.”