Bright and Connected Public Spaces: PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 Retrospective


See Related event

IoT connected assets are growing exponentially and are set to reach 50 billion by 2030, with an expected £12 trillion in investment by 2025.

Brightly’s Client Engagement Director, Matthew Kelley, joined us at PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 to explain how, through the use of IoT, councils are able to create connected systems which achieve better outcomes for the communities they serve.

With a range of examples from across the Public Realm, his presentation explored how you can enable Smarter Assets to deliver truly Sustainable Communities. “Smart Assets in action” included: Using sensors to monitor gullies to prevent disruptive and costly blockages; knowing if certain litter bins are overflowing to ensure clean communities; receiving an alert to send a repair crew to fix tension cables to ensure safe streets; predictive/data-driven inspection and maintenance of highways, pavements, lighting and fibre networks; and connecting service users to assets operating in their community.

Pavement works are the biggest contributor to embodied carbon: Inspections can account for 60% of fuel costs and Reactive Maintenance makes up nearly 50% of carbon. Data-driven Improvement Strategies, demonstrated Matthew, allow for reductions in carbon ahead of time, presenting choices such as: Moving all small O&M vehicles to EV; Using recycled materials for 95% of pavement works; 30% waste reduction vs. Landfill; and moving 20% of reactive works to planned works. Matthew also emphasised the importance of proactive engagement with the community to remove failure demand.

For the deeper dive hosted roundtable sessions, Matthew was joined by, Account Director, Simon Stevens and, Senior Client Solution Architect, Stephen Harris.

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us in London on July 7th for the live in-person event at Greencoat Place Conference Centre, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Matthew’s initial presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, planners, place makers, architects, green space managers, urban designers, highways & street scene, transport & mobility and high streets & regeneration professionals from councils and local authorities (city, borough, metropolitan, district, county and combined); people and place partnerships; developers, landowners and creators of privately owned public spaces; prime contractors and city centre management companies; DfT, DEFRA, MHCLG, EA and supporting governmental bodies; transport authorities, highways agencies and public transport operators; civic organisations and community groups; and other key players from the public realm ecosystem with responsibility for managing, maintaining and operating our streets, squares, forecourts, parks, pathways, retail centres, car parks, airports, ports, travel hubs, hospitals, housing estates, campuses, communal gardens and the assets contained within these public or semi-public spaces.

Sign up to Smart Classes Digest to receive the latest thought leadership, innovation insights and event updates straight into your inbox. You can also follow us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter.

#SmartCities  #SmartSpaces&PublicRealm 


A brand new addition to our events portfolio, PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how to harness innovation, technology and data science to create the next generation of smarter spaces and places in our cities and regions. PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 will be hosted in London on 7th July 2022.


   London, UK

Sponsored by
Brightly Software
Project Centre

Stay in touch

Sign up to Smart Classes Digest to receive the latest thought leadership, innovation insights and event updates straight into your inbox.

We offer great opportunities for our sponsors, and would love to hear from potential speakers, contributors or new partners.