Why be a smart city
UK cities need to provide public services more efficiently while at the same time supporting sustainable and long term economic growth. The best way to do so is by becoming ‘smart’. This generally means using new technologies and data to improve service delivery and address various economic, social and environmental challenges.
Cities can deliver a smart agenda by integrating economic development and public services delivery, focusing on projects that are practical, achievable and financially viable and consulting with citizens and businesses on their needs.
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|Case study||Policy aim||Location||Country||Lead organisation(s)|
|1. Improving digital inclusion and access to open data||Delivering efficient services using data||London||UK||Greater London Authority|
|2. Creating an Innovation Health Hub||Delivering efficient services using data||Leeds||UK||Leeds City Council|
|3. Focusing on ‘people-centred’ initiatives||Delivering efficient services using data||Manchester||UK||Manchester Digital Development Agency|
|4. Creating a Smart City Roadmap with multiple actions||Delivering efficient services using data||Birmingham||UK||Digital Birmingham|
|5. Using data gathered from the city’s censored infrastructure||Delivering efficient services using data||Milton Keynes||UK||Open University|
|6. Using smart technology for reducing CO2 emissions||Delivering efficient services using data||Bristol||UK||Bristol City Council|