Professor Javier Bonet, the head of Swansea University’s College of Engineering and the program’s strategic director, says, “Working with global enterprises like HP as well as academia and local small and medium businesses is a fundamental part of ensuring a sustainable community. This program will have direct economic benefits for Wales in terms of knowledge creation, innovation, and exploitation, as well as the development of a highly-skilled work force.”
HP reports that the first phase of the project “will address the Welsh Government’s objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent before 2050. Leveraging HP hardware and software, a test bed will be established to explore the optimal integration of smart meters, smart grid technologies, ultra-low-power wireless sensors, cyber security, and resource management software to support the radical changes in energy provision and consumption required to achieve this target. Ultimately, this will contribute to the creation of a permanent environment for the development of next-generation digital economy products and services.”
HP Senior Fellow and HP Labs chief engineer Chandrakant Patel adds: “We have long held that the future of our cities will require operating at the intersection of people, planet, profit and peta-data. This program demonstrates yet another step on our journey towards city-scale resource management.”
Swansea University is considered a world-class research-led university offering around 350 undergraduate courses and 100 post-graduate courses to 14,500 students.