Engineers should take the lead in smart city development, according to a government-supported centre for the advancement of smart cities.
Speaking at the Westminster eForum keynote seminar on UK Smart Cities, head of business development at Future Cities Catapult Joe Dignan suggested that architects, engineers and construction companies should incorporate smart infrastructure from the beginning of a project rather than letting IT companies take the lead.
“Creating the underlying infrastructure” was included in a list of the most successful smart city traits compiled by Future Cities Catapult.
Other traits included involving the local community, using the private sector effectively and having strong leadership with a maverick approach, leading Dignan to stress: “You need a nutter”.
He also said that one of the barriers to smart city development is low market awareness.
“There is a market failure because of a lack of customers,” he explained. “Because it’s such an immature market nobody knows what they don’t know.”