What are Connected Places?

What are ‘connected places?’

A connected place can be described as a community that integrates information and communication technologies and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, to collect and analyse data to deliver new services to the built environment and enhance the quality of living for citizens.

A connected place uses a system of sensors, networks, and applications to collect data to improve its operation, including transport, buildings, utilities, environment, infrastructure, and public services.

Examples of ‘use cases’ that fall in scope of connected places include: traffic light management, public realm CCTV, waste management, transport services and other public services such as health and social care.

Examples of technologies that fall in scope of connected places include: IoT sensors that collect data such as footfall or air quality; AI enabled surveillance cameras used for traffic monitoring or antisocial behaviour mapping; electric vehicle charging stations; IoT devices used to monitor the health and safety of vulnerable or ageing residents; IoT devices used to improve services such as energy efficient street lighting or smart waste solutions; and data aggregation platforms used to inform decision making.

Examples of technologies that fall out of scope include: devices and technology targeted at consumer use such as smart televisions or smartphones; devices and technology targeted at enterprise such as smart printers or CCTV in an office or shop; and devices or technology used in local government buildings.