For those who live in the city of Manchester, life may be about to become a whole lot simpler.
Lamp posts, bus stops and park benches will be joining forces with biometric body sensors and other ‘things’ as part of a £10 million government funded project to improve city services for residents.
Developments in technology are sometimes difficult for ‘the man (woman or child) in the street’ or on the renowned ‘Clapham omnibus’ to understand. In this instance, however, Mancunians can look forward to being the smartest kids on the block!
Imagine this: torrential rainfall has caused erosion beneath the Mancunian Way and the ground is about to open up and swallow a schoolbus full of kiddywinks. Crikey. However, a recently installed ‘smart road’ system containing pressure sensors and other widgets beneath the road’s surface has reported that something's awry to Transport for Greater Manchester that something isn’t right. And TfGM, in their infinite wisdom, have closed this stretch, diverted traffic and saved the kiddywinks. Clever stuff.