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UK Smart City Rolls Out with Glasgow 2013-01-26

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The Technology Strategy Board has awarded Glasgow City the 24 million GBP “Future Cities Demonstrator”  grant for projects that demonstrate how a city of the future might work.

This will include better services for Glaswegians; the city council will create an ‘app’ for reporting issues such as pot-holes and missing bin collections, and there will be  real-time information about traffic, and ‘apps’ to check that buses and trains are on time. Plan include linking up the CCTV cameras across the city with its traffic management unit in order to identify traffic incidents faster.

It will use analytical software and security cameras to help identify and prevent crime in the city and monitor energy levels to find new ways of providing gas and electricity to poorer areas where fuel poverty is a big issue.

  • Glasgow was among 30 cities in the UK bidding for the money, with the shortlist including London, Peterborough and Bristol.

Mr. Scott Cain, The TSB’s project leader for Future Cities, said,

[Picture of Scott Cain]‘Glasgow has some quite extreme challenges; it has the lowest life expectancy of any city in the UK for instance, and the hope is that if we bring together energy, transport, public safety and health, it will make it more efficient and a better place to live’.

 

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Ms. Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the news.

The Technology Strategy Board (The TSB), is a body set up by The UK’s New Labour Government (Brown Ministry) in 2007 to stimulate technology-enabled innovation. Its “Future Cities Demonstrator” is intended to act as a blueprint for other cities. Mr. Cain added,

‘The thinking behind it is to have somewhere in the UK where firms can look at the efficiencies, the investments, and how you can address the challenges of a city’.

Glasgow will not be the UK’s only smart city;  others, including Birmingham, Sunderland and London are beginning to roll out technologies to make services work more smartly.

The Universities and Science Minister, The Rt. Hon. Mr. David Willetts (Conservative MP for Havant in Hampshire) was in Glasgow to make the announcement.

[Picture of David Willets]‘With more people than ever before living in our cities, they need to be able to provide people with a better quality of life and a thriving economy,’ he said.

‘From transport systems to energy use and health, this “Demonstrator” will play a key part in the government’s industrial strategy and give real insight into how our cities can be shaped in the future,’ he added.

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