9th May 2017

What is a smart city?

You hear the term a lot these days but what exactly is a smart city?

A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate information and communication technology and Internet of Things technology.

This needs to be done in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets e.g data, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, energy networks, waste management, law enforcement and other community services.

Cities across the UK are now having to recognise this as technology moves forward and are seeking to find new smarter ways of doing things.

Data and technology are at the heart of every smart city and Bristol and Bath are at the forefront of innovation and recognised by Centre for Cities and McKinsey & Co as one of two globally significant digital tech clusters in the UK with more than 60,000 digital workers.

Back in February, Venturefest Bristol and Bath 2017 opened its Smart City Marketplace and showcased the very best ‘future city focused’ start-ups and scale-ups from across the South West.


Peter Clough a partner in Osborne Clarke’s litigation practice, said:

“The event focussed on two things – firstly, the components (energy, transport, living, infrastructure, money) that will integrate and entirely transform the way cities are run and how residents live their lives.

And secondly, the technology capabilities that will be so essential to making it work. The very capabilities that exist in such quantity in Bristol and Bath.”

Meet the marketplace exhibitors that took part and are playing a key role in shaping the way our cities could work in the future.

Intelligent Infrastructure:

Demand Logic is a simple, powerful and fast software service – a ‘Fitbit for buildings’ used for improving staff comfort and well-being in commercial buildings.

EventHalo Manage and analyse your events for free, forever. Designed to satisfy the needs of outdoor events, exhibitions and trade shows, it’s used by music festivals, food fairs, & sporting shows through to farmer’s markets and craft fairs.

Zeetta Networks is a spin-out company from the University of Bristol focusing on the design, development, and marketing of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) solutions.

Intelligent Transport:

Esoterix is a Bristol based technology company creating the next generation of demand responsive software for transport providers. Their vision is a last-mile service, which takes people from where they are to where they want to go to with the quick response and convenience of a taxi journey – at a bus fare price.

Fusion Processing was founded in 2012 with the aim of utilising radar and machine vision expertise, together with in-depth knowledge of leading-edge processor technology, to provide a step change in automotive and transport related products.

Smart Energy:

BlueGreen was established in 2013 with a mission to become the world’s leading voltage management provider for domestic and light commercial applications – reducing users’ electrical consumption and saving property owners money. Their products also help to stabilise the grid, which facilitates the rollout of more distributed generation.

Bristol Energy believes that everyone has the right to a warm home, so they’re passionate about being a force for social good, working with expert partners to find the very best ways to support those people who are struggling to pay their fuel bills. This doesn’t just mean cheaper energy; they are taking a holistic approach to tackling a very real problem in the city.

I-PHYC is an award-winning SME that offers sustainable water recycling and nutrient recovery solutions. Applying cutting-edge technology, the I-Phyc system uses microalgae at an industrial scale to treat wastewater from agricultural, industrial and municipal sources.

Smart Living:

EasyVideo is an innovation developed by the dedicated team at Inclusive Media Solutions Ltd who are passionate about bringing the advantages of 21st-century mobile technology to help people with Learning Disabilities live independent lives.

Nano Simbox work at the interface of digital aesthetics, science and interactive technology to build exciting and immersive user experiences.

They are currently developing a new product, The Nano Simbox which is a platform used to enhance science and make the invisible molecular Nano-world visible, bringing to life the dynamic world of atoms and molecules.

Playable City puts people and play at the heart of the future city, re-using city infrastructure and re-appropriating smart city technologies to create connections – person to person and person to city.

Through interaction and creative installations, it unlocks a social dialogue, bringing citizens into a city development conversation that will vary in each location.

Smart Money:

Fundsurfer is a hybrid crowdfunding and commercial funding platform and community, providing crowdfunding and access to a range of funding options for projects and companies with no upfront fees. You can choose the funding plan that fits your needs.

KETS Quantum specialise in improving the secure transmission of information, such as banking details and medical records which are an urgent practical need for governments, corporations, and individuals.

KETS has developed a range of technologies for quantum-secured communications, including quantum key distribution and quantum random number generation.

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services with 189,000 outstanding professionals working together to deliver value in 152 countries.

With a worldwide presence, KPMG continues to build on our successes thanks to clear vision, defined values and, above all, our people.

Venturefest is a collaboration between Innovate UK and Invest Bristol & Bath. We have engaged strategic partners to fully support our programme and ensure we reach audiences who will need to know about the changes that are coming for Smart City developments.

The culmination of everything we have learned will be displayed in our one-day Thought Leadership Conference taking place on October 17, 2017.

Take a look at our website to find out more: http://venturefestbristolandbath.com/whats-on