In my Smart Cities Future Learn Course, we were encouraged to check out where Smart devices could be found in our home cities, using a site called Thingful.
Thingful pointed out something in Manchester that I knew about but hadn’t even thought of in relation to this course – Smart Charge points for electric cars. Manchester and the surrounding boroughs have invested heavily in this, and looking at http://ev.tfgm.com/charging.html – apparently people who use these can download a smartphone app to both track payments and energy usage.
After a lot of theory, it was really interesting to see some smart technology in action, and to realise that yes, these ideas were already being put into practice in really simple but effective ways.
You can see the full map of Manchester through Thingful in this link.