HP has announced a three-year collaboration program with Swansea University to explore how its technology can be used in the development of future cities, communities and campuses. 

The project will aim to leverage technology such as smart metering, intelligent cities, situational awareness, data analytics and security threat detection, by using HP's sensor data management technology and HP's smart grid solutions for utility infrastructure.

The first phase of the project will aim to address the Welsh Government’s objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent before 2050.

HP said it will work with Swansea University to establish a testbed that can be used 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 changes in energy provision and consumption required to achieve this target.

Professor Javier Bonet, head of Swansea University’s College of Engineering, and the program’s strategic director, said: “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.”

Swansea University is a research-led university offering around 350 undergraduate courses and 100 post-graduate courses to 14,500 students.

By September 2015, the University will have a new 65 acre Bay Campus to complement its upgraded Singleton Park Campus. The campus will eventually be used by around 5,000 students and up to 900 staff, with facilities for use by local subject matter experts and new start-ups.