Hot Source hosts ‘smart city’ event to make Norwich better through technology

City Hall and St Peter Mancroft. Photo : Steve Adams

City Hall and St Peter Mancroft. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

Streetlights that brighten for pedestrians, traffic-tracking sensors and urban innovation districts are among the ideas that could make Norwich a 'smart city'.

Southampton, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Stockholm are among those who have already signed up to the idea, in a bid to boost economic growth and enhance mental and physical wellbeing.

And now the leading minds in technology and urban planning will share their visions for Norwich at a 'smart city' event tonight hosted by digi-tech forum Hot Source.

Among those organising the event is Matt Dolan, co-ordinator at Hot Source, who said becoming 'smart' was about making Norwich a nicer place to live.

'A smarter city is one that brings the society, residents, local authority, large employers and small business owners together to utilise rather than exploit available technology to become more sustainable, more resilient and nicer places to live,' he said.

Smart cities are aimed to help businesses plan efficient routes to transport goods, allow local authorities to create effective public health services and provide people with access to real-time transport timetables to plan journeys.

Speakers at tonight's free event are UEA senior lecturer James Cornford, City Impact Challenge chief executive Mikele Brack, and Michael Mulquin, Global Smart Cities Standards expert.

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It is at NUA Duke Street Theatre at 6pm. To sign up, visit

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