The role of cities in driving digital innovation cannot be overstated. Scotland’s cities are making huge strides in this area, as demonstrated by Glasgow’s success in the Future Cities Demonstrator competition.
The competition was run by the Technology Strategy Board during 2012 to demonstrate the additional value that can be created by integrating city-wide transport, energy, health and public safety systems using cutting edge technology.
Glasgow was announced as the winner in January 2013, beating off competition from 30 other UK cities to receive £24 million of government grant. As Future Cities Demonstrator, Glasgow will act as a blueprint for other cities in the UK and across the world.
Glasgow will use the money to fund projects that will demonstrate how a city of the future might work. Integrated systems will be developed to address energy and health issues in the city, as well as improving transport and mobility across the city.
Data will be opened up and shared, improving the city’s real-time operations with a city dashboard and management system that views the city as an integrated whole, and a “MyGlasgow” public window to deliver multiple benefits for the people of Glasgow.
Technology Strategy Board Home page
TSB news release
BBC report on Glasgow as a Future Cities Demonstrator
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