Smart City technology to boost economic growthFrom London to as far north as Aberdeen, Jonathan says the initiative will include many cities from across the UK – all of which will have a focus on transforming themselves during 2017 and beyond. The Scottish Cities Alliance, a collaboration of Scotland’s seven cities aims to use Smart City technology to transform the cities into digital hubs so they can become more internationally-competitive and boost economic growth. Thanks to £10 million in European Regional Development Funding, due to be matched with £14 million from the cities, this programme aims to transform everything from street lighting to public safety to controlling energy use to make life smarter using open data. To date, Jonathan reveals that 10 operations have been approved, with a £7.9 million grant committed, while further operations are currently being considered. This ground-breaking Smart Cities programme will make services across UK cities more efficient and greener, while making the locations themselves more investor friendly.
Most desirable and sustainable places to live and workThe initiative’s 'Smart' ambitions are connected to projects that will help them become some of the most desirable places to live and work and the most sustainable locations in the world. According to Jonathan, projects that have been given the green light include:
Smart infrastructure – intelligent street lighting
Aberdeen, Perth, Stirling and Glasgow are piloting Intelligent Street Lighting which will deliver many benefits, including more controllable and efficient lighting to save energy and deliver enhanced public and road safety. This is intended to reduce CO2 emissions by using LED bulbs and sensors to control the lights.