Hertfordshire could become the UK’s first ‘Smart’ county thanks to an innovative project led by Cranfield University.

Working with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) and key industry representatives from around the county, the Cranfield team will be looking at the county’s needs in terms of waste, water, housing, education, transport, health and business in order to develop possible scenarios for more efficient use of current infrastructure and smart technologies – those technologies that help us use available resources in a better way. Part of the project will be to define an appropriate definition of the term ‘Smart County’.

The team will consider the potential use of alternative sources of energy, smart grids, greener transport (such as electrical charging points and cars) but also improving infrastructure and utilisation of centres of excellence.

Justyna Spurtacz from Cranfield University’s Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D) commented, “The hope is for this research to become the first of many initiatives towards the development of Hertfordshire as a greener county”.

Yolanda Rugg, acting CEO for HCCI, commented "The HCCI environmental forum has grown from strength to strength in increasing the participation from organisations across the county coming together to share best practice, expertise and knowledge in low carbon practices. As we progress our aspirations to share centres of sustainable excellence around the county to attract inward investment, this research work will be the catalyst in how we can attract further funding to grow the green cluster in local supply chains and develop a sustainable community across Herts. "

Organisations wishing to get involved should contact Justyna Spurtacz, j.spurtacz@cranfield.ac.uk