Bright and Connected Public Spaces: PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023 Retrospective


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Brightly (a Siemens Infrastructure Company) has been named a leader in the Verdantix Green Quadrant for EAM software. At PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023 we learned from their team how, through the use of IoT, councils are able to create connected systems which deliver better outcomes for the communities they serve.

Steve Harris and Cherryanne Cooper’s presentation explored the key role smart asset management can play in managing, maintaining and optimising a wide range of public realm assets, from street lighting, bus stops, litter bins and CCTV, to street furniture, carriageways, trees and greenspaces; and they demonstrated how strategic asset management can be leveraged for carbon capture and ESG in the public realm, helping enable the development of truly sustainable communities.

For Brightly’s deep dive hosted roundtable discussions, Steve and Cherryanne were joined by Nick Procter.

Presentation highlights:

  • Typical Public Realm Assets – Parks & Grounds, Green Spaces, Pipes, Carriageways, Traffic Signals, Streetlights, Bollards, Signs, Verges, Grit Bins, Buildings, Bus Stops, CCTV, Fencing & Barriers, Bridges & Structures, Street Furniture, Waste Bins, Cycle Ways, Trees, Play Areas, Light Rail, Footways, Allotments, Gullies & Drains, Cemeteries, Road Markings etc;
  • Strategic Asset Management – The Optimisation Layer: From Asset Information (“Know Your Inventory”) and Tactical Asset Management (“Improve Operations”) to long-term Strategic Asset Management (“Optimize & Plan”);
  • Asset Valuation, Asset Lifecycle Modelling and Capital Planning;
  • Smart Lighting (IoT) in Action – Identifying broken lights with Automatic Health Status Monitoring; Reporting and prioritising the issue with the Service Provider; Temporary fix (Remote Control); Fixing the light (Engineer);
  • Client and Community Engagement – Channel shift to expectation of ‘digital-first’ community services; Alignment of community interaction to asset-centric processes; Proactively presenting real-time information etc;

  • Carbon Capture and Data Trends – Carbon intensity data trends by type of works, highways activity and by location can be shown in real-time dashboards; Metrics aligned to FHRG guidance note to provide benchmarking data of emissions per mile and per £ spent on highways services; Better understand your greatest contributors and where policy change can make an impact i.e. reduce response time to reactive works for better planning;
  • Green Infrastructure – Positive Contribution: Managing Tree Assets and Green Space – Calculating sequestered carbon of tree stock, offsetting operational activities; Managing pests and diseases; Making smarter woodland, hedgerow and shrub planting decisions; Flood-risk areas and defences (reservoirs); Improving air quality with EV charging;
  • Environment, Sustainability & Governance – Embedding ESG in asset implementation, maintenance and lifecycle planning; Supporting sustainable maintenance operations with reports and dashboards; Insights to inform long-term investment planning and development; Asset performance benchmarking across ESG to inform opportunities for improvement

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us in Manchester on July 4th for the live in-person event at The Shipping Office (Lloyds House), 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 Steve and Cherryanne’s initial presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy 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.

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PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how to harness innovation, technology, data science, design and best practice to create the next generation of smarter spaces and places in our cities and regions. PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2023 will be hosted in Manchester on July 4th.


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