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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Peterborough not so smart a City, and bottom of a list of contenders says new Chinese funded report


News Start
Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy,
at the Chinese owned Huawei smart city event in London.

London and Bristol are Britain’s leading “smart cities”, according to research commissioned by the Chinese owned Huawei UK through Navigant Consulting. Peterborough scrapes in at 8 out of 10.


The Huawei UK Smart Cities Index measured how well the nation’s urban centres are doing at using digital technology to improve everything from their transport infrastructure to their refuse collection.  


The expensive report will come as a bitter blow to the conservative led Peterborough City Council who through their secretive council owned 'Blue Sky' Technology Company (no one seems to know exactly how much has been spent especially during the 'Cereste' era, as the factual spend is buried deep in the councils accounts....) has allegedly spent eye-watering amounts of taxpayer funded public money on beefing up digital technology, much of which is being spent by the council as US dollars in US (Las Vegas !!!) based Amazon cloud computing, rather than investing with local and regional technology companies. The City of Peterborough scrapes in at number 8 out of 10 (Leeds at number 7) and as the final entrant in the contenders*** sub-category.




*** Contenders are cities that scored above 50 in both
Strategy and Execution but are not yet Leaders. While
these cities have done much to establish their smart city
strategy and have implemented some significant projects,
there are still some gaps in their strategy, and they have
fewer projects than smart city Leaders....






London and Bristol were ranked as “Leaders” at the top of the table; next came the “Contenders”, with Birmingham in third place, followed by Glasgow, Manchester, and Milton Keynes.

The Huawei UK Smart Cities Index rankings were calculated by an  analysis of ten criteria within their strategy and execution, covering areas such as their vision, objectives, implementation record, environmental impact and community reach.

London and Bristol came top as a result of pioneering a range of urban innovations. London’s successes include its congestion charge scheme and other transport innovations and the London Datastore.

Bristol’s achievements include the unique “Bristol Is Open” project, which has brought together the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and industry partners to create a city-scale network for innovation.

Other notable programmes include Birmingham’s plans to make East Birmingham a testbed for smart technology; Manchester’s new Internet of Things City Demonstrator; Glasgow’s range of projects developed as part of Future Cities Demonstrator programme; and Milton Keynes’ MK:Smart collaboration on IoT projects with the Open University and other partners.


The Index highlighted five themes that are common across the most successful smart city programmes which are, the importance of leadership and vision; a need to focus on local priorities and strengths; the importance of engagement with local communities; building local partnerships and understanding the way in which the data revolution can improve services and boost innovation.

The report also highlights the role the UK Government has played in building momentum behind smart cities through the Future Cities and IoT demonstration programmes which has provided important seed funding for winning cities.

While the establishment of the Future Cities Catapult has ensured continuity of interest, important questions are raised regarding the need to bridge the gap between funding for demonstration projects and full-scale commercial deployments.

The report cites the need for future demonstration projects to have a strong emphasis on both measurable outcomes and sound business cases, as well as encouraging wider collaboration and knowledge sharing between UK cities.

UK SMART CITIES INDEX

Rank
City
Category
1
London
Leader
2
Bristol
Leader
3
Birmingham
Contender
4
Glasgow
Contender
5
Manchester
Contender
6
Milton Keynes
Contender
7
Leeds
Contender
8
Peterborough
Contender
9
Nottingham
Challenger
10
Sheffield
Challenger






Launch Event


The launch event was held at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in central London and guest speakers included, Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy and Lord Browne, Chairman, Huawei UK. Speakers from the UK’s leading smart cities included: Andrew Collinge, Assistant Director, Greater London Authority; Geoff Snelson, Director of Strategy, Milton Keynes Council and Stephen Turner, Head of Future Cities, Manchester City Council.

Huawei is one of the largest Chinese inward investors in the UK. To date Huawei has provided Smart City solutions in over 60 cities in more than 20 countries across the world. Huawei's Smart City solutions include smart government, smart healthcare, smart education and smart transportation in countries as diverse as the Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil and China.

Two links are provided to access the UK Smart Cities Index report and an Infographic: 



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