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Smart Cities: Glasgow and Dundee

  • 28 Jul 2021 19:32
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The UK UK Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) demonstrator feasibility project funding has been awarded to 30 smart cities of which Glasgow and Dundee are winners that receive £50k of smart city feasibility monies and go on to compete for a final award of £24m in January 2013. 

This large scale demonstration project is of a smart city in action that can quantifiably show how integrating city systems can improve their competiveness and quality of life

Winners are:
Belfast City Council
Birmingham City Council
Brighton & Hove City Council
Bristol City Council
Cardiff Council
CamdenCambridge City Council
Coventry City Council
Dundee City Council
Derby City Council
Enfield Borough Council
Glasgow City Council
Ipswich Borough Council
London, Mayor of (Greater London Authority)
London Borough of Camden
Leeds and Bradford Councils (LCC as a/c body)
Leicester City Council, ( Mayor's City Partnership)
Manchester City Council
Milton Keynes Council
Newcastle City Council
Nottingham City Council
Peterborough City Council
Plymouth City Council
Salford City Council
Sheffield City Council
Southampton City Council
Stoke on Trent City Council
Swindon Borough Council
Southend on Sea Borough Council
Sunderland City Council
Warrington Borough Council

Joe Dignan, Ovum’s chief analyst for Public Sector notes: “The project has the potential to substantially move on the £35bn smart cities market. At least 50 communities were in scope and have therefore audited their current situation, thought about how greater connectivity could improve their competitiveness, and developed a framework for their smart city strategy.

The 30 feasibility winners, armed with their strategies, now have a concrete starting point to initiate discussions with vendors. The TSB will no doubt face questions as to why of the 30 winners, 26 were English, but should be congratulated for having been brave enough not to take the easy option of awarding multiple but meaningless awards. By sticking to one winner who gets the full £24m, the demonstrator is more likely to create meaningful data to inform the ROI for smart cities.”

“The smart city debate, in essence, is the belief that integrating a ‘system of systems’ will result in symbiotic improvement of economic competitiveness and ‘livability’.”

Scotland's best players are interesting. Glasgow could be reckoned to pull out all stops, having lost out on broadband funding, but they have trounced the oil rich Aberdeen with all its new business and the capital Edinburgh (well, say 'trams' and say no more.)  But it feels as if Stirling and Inverness with such good potential should try harder.

London’s ‘Tech City’ which was to become a major part of the capital’s legacy following the 2012 Olympic Games is reported to have crashed or at least slipped.  A Think Tank London report has disclosed that entrepreneurs are ‘frustrated’ by government policies and the plan to move growing IT businesses into the Olympic Park area are ‘counterproductive’ as disproportionately escalating rents are forcing start-ups out of the area. Among the reports recommendations "analysis suggests three linked issues for Inner East  London firms: broadband speed (for some), broadband  access time, and general connectivity"   Time to look at emerging Smart Cities and see if they can they provide this and curiously Glasgow and Dundee are lagging on 5.34Mbps – compared to a UK average of 7.85 Mbps.

Smart or relaxed cities?
Dundee for example, one time premier whaling port and major hub of the world textile trade, is now courtesy of its Universities, a centre for life sciences, research, the arts, hi-tech manufacturing, and telecommunications. It is also a a major global base for software games houses with plenty of skilled 4thgen participators and helpful services like Abertay's recent Prototype Fund offers £25,000 for new business startups.

Glasgow already houses several high tech cloud businesses and as a traditional manufacturing city, is always pulling new starts out of its University hats,  like  the recent University of Strathclyde's  mLED spinout that secured £378,000 of equity growth cash from Braveheart, to add to £150,000 seed funding it received in June 2010. I ts IP is tight arrays of flip-chip GaN LEDs constructed to introduce ultra-high brightness micro-emitter arrays.

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