Smart Places Smart People
Last Friday our Operations Assistant Chloe attended the 2019 Smart Places Smart People event held by UKAuthority. Here's what she took away from the day!
The day included talks from Newcastle city council, Bristol Council, Greater London Authority and many more. With the event focusing on what makes a smart city, what is holding cities back, as well as a breakdown of some of the advancements in making cities smarter.
Some of the development of smart cities which contribute to the ongoing ‘fourth industrial revolution’ include the advance in artificial intelligence (AI), internet connected appliances (Internet of things) and big data to name a few!
So what makes a smart city?
- Improving customer experiences
- A focus on delivering outcomes for people
- Changes that can deliver economic benefits
- High safety and low crime
Some examples of what is currently being carried out and what is in process:
- Retrofit homes- to reduce emissions and costs
- Smart Streetlights- to both reduce light pollution and monitor air pollution
- Improved monitoring of the environment through productive policing
- Smart bins- to detect when they are full and need emptying/ detect and separate recycling
- Drones to fix potholes “self- repairing cities”
- Digital wearables which will generate data to help prevent further accidents in the home
Why aren’t cities smarter?
- Limited resources and finances – with a digital skills gap in Local Government
- Lack of collaboration between departments and sectors
- Legacy systems- hider development
- Public anxiety- worry about being too highly monitored
- Diverse needs- ageing populations and students in the same cities
Overall an occurring theme of the day was a large focus on the need for more collaboration between departments and sectors, as well as a drive for outcome-based contracts to integrate innovative and developing technologies to help save both time and money whilst also contributing to the smart city agenda. With new frameworks being tested to raise the use of Smart City tech within the public sector – such as CCS’ Smart Cities – Transport Technology Infrastructure framework and the Spark Technology Innovation Marketplace – it’s an interesting topic right now.
It was an exciting event and an insightful look at what is and could be possible if we embraced smart tech!