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The New Power Interview: Paul Brodrick, Head of connected communities, Siemens

Smart cities with smart energy have to be built up district by district – and driven by users. Janet Wood spoke to Paul Brodrick about how Manchester’s Oxford Road area could be the first of a new breed and an incubator for new business models

“People talk about smart cities, and it’s a hundred different things to a hundred different people, but essentially it’s just infrastructure,” says Paul Brodrick. I meet him at the early stage of an EU-funded project that aims to develop ‘smart’ quarters in three European cities – Manchester, Eindhoven and Stavanger. Brodrick is looking at smart energy, but the project is much wider than that, bringing together ICT, mobility and energy.

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