MEET THE NEW VICTORIANS: SMART CITY INNOVATIONS BUILT TO LAST

MEET THE NEW VICTORIANS: SMART CITY INNOVATIONS BUILT TO LAST

Amid clamour for smarter cities and a green industrial revolution, Utility Week Innovate showcases five modern utility projects ensuring the foundations of tomorrow’s smart cities can match the durability and ambition of those laid by Victorians more than a century ago.
Published 5 April 2022

What’s the difference between Victorian infrastructure and a smart city? Not much, according to Karl Drage, director of strategic business development at Kensa Engineering. “The core to smart cities of the future is data driven utility services, and although ‘smart’ sounds very sophisticated, it relies on a foundational structure of pipes in the ground,” he tells Utility Week Innovate.

Drage adds that while interconnected energy use, heat, transport, power and unlocking the benefits of both data and flexibility are “the very definition” of today’s smart cities, they’re built on innovations not dissimilar to those forged by the likes of Britain’s great engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

In celebration of the ingenuity of today’s Brunels, and ahead of Utility Week Live on 17-18 May, Utility Week Innovate showcases our top five projects pairing cutting-edge technology with Victorian scale and longevity to create the foundations of tomorrow’s smart cities.

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