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Wednesday 11 July 2018

Newcastle plans to be UK’s leading smart city

LogoA proposal by Newcastle City Council, which is expected to be approved at a cabinet meeting on Monday 16 July, outlines the city’s ambition to increase its global reputation as a smart city and deliver “radical digital transformation” of council services.

To date, the council has undertaken a series of smart city pilots, relating to waste management and housing. It is also working with Cisco, Newcastle University, Connexin, Mayflower and Quantela to install sensors in two streets in the city (Mosley Street and Neville Street) and merge the data generated with existing sources to give greater insight on parking availability, traffic congestion, air pollution, refuse management, street lighting and road surface quality. Newcastle University is leading the way in urban sciences. It opened the £58m Urban Science Building last year, a “living laboratory” with over 1,000 sensors connecting its walls, windows and fittings. The building is also home to the Urban Observatory, which manages the largest set of publicly available real time urban data in the UK.

The council believes there are even greater opportunities that are not currently being exploited and it has an ambition to become the UK’s leading smart city. The proposal says that without further investment Newcastle risks stagnating in its digital progress, losing ground on other cities and therefore not maximising on opportunities for economic growth.

It says that a “step change in approach” is needed and a significant part of that includes the appointment of a “tech partner” to help develop and deploy smart technology in the city. The proposal says procurement of a partner would be a significant undertaking given the potential value of the end contract. However, the partner would be expected to provide the financial capital to deploy the technology. It anticipates a prior information notice to be published this summer, and formal market engagement launched Autumn 2018. For further discussion about smart cities see: Breaking the Boundaries – Predictions Compendium 2018.

Posted by Dale Peters at '09:52' - Tagged: localgovernment   SmartCity  

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