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Future cities UK Investing in better places to live, work and play

How £1.5 million helped cities deliver a £100 million+ investment in their future


The £34.5 million future city challenge


nnovate UK challenged 30 cities to show how they could work with local businesses and partners to improve urban living and working using new technologies. Each city was awarded £50,000 to investigate its ideas and to come up with a proposal for a large-scale city demonstrator – showing how different systems in a city could be integrated and how new technologies could be used to deal with challenges in areas such as transport, housing, health, energy and pollution. The funding was part of Innovate UK’s urban living programme. Benefits felt across UK The winning authority, Glasgow, secured an extra £24m to demonstrate how technology can make life in the city smarter, safer and more sustainable. It is focusing on 4 key areas – active travel (cycling and walking), energy, social transport and public safety. Three other cities, Bristol, London and Peterborough, also won £3 million each to progress their work. Virtually every city that took part reported that they would either progress some projects as a result or received other major benefits from taking part.

“A smarter Leeds will deliver more for its citizens, businesses and the environment.” Leeds Housing

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£50,000 30 cities



£1.5 million studies attract over £100 million


he £50,000 feasibility studies were a winning formula for the 29 of the 30 local authorities that reported significant benefits. The return on investment was huge for some of them including: l £107 million additional private and public investment for Belfast, Bristol, London, Peterborough and Milton Keynes to make parts of their studies a reality l further investment from partner organisations for most participants l at least three-quarters had taken forward some aspects of their bids by end of 2013 and are already seeing significant activity l new and ongoing partnerships between authorities and with local businesses and universities

“Wider contact with likeminded people really builds confidence and also helps with shaping ideas.” Belfast Projects now being taken forward include guided car parks, city-wide wireless networks, smart transport, intelligent street lighting, community safety, and connected health schemes.

Page 4: See how Milton Keynes, Bristol, Leeds and Bradford fared


Four cities with an eye on a smarter and better connected urban life

Milton Keynes “There’s a huge market out there – £50bn globally – so an awful lot of projects to partner on with business and academia.”


ilton Keynes is embracing smart technologies to address the challenges it faces from a fast-growing population. The work has led to:




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£50m for a low carbon urban transport zone with the Transport Systems Catapult MK:Smart, a £16m collaborative project led by The Open University that will harness city data to accelerate economic growth and improve the lives of citizens a city-wide wireless ‘internet of things’ network to help the council deliver services more smartly trials of a guided car parking system testing the UK’s first driverless cars in a pedestrian environment

www.mksmart.org mksmart.org




“Find others who are already creating ideas for the future and collaborate with them. You don’t have to do it all yourself.”

“We’re taking a whole-city approach to smart technologies, designing services with people and businesses rather than for them.”



ristol was a runner-up in the future cities competition following its £50,000 feasibility study and received a further £3 million from Innovate UK. This has led to:







more than £40m in public and private funding for smarter city projects energy smart meters for social housing, schools and offices smart transport schemes including a taxi-bus, electric-car sharing and the Venturer driverless car project a new city data platform and a framework for citizen sensing a ‘hills are evil’ prototype app for wheelchair users creation of the Bristol is Open infrastructure, the world’s first open, programmable city region

eeds and Bradford have developed a strong partnership and have continued joined-up thinking to deliver some of their future city ambitions. Results include:




establishing a digital health enterprise zone in a partnership between Bradford council, Bradford university and BT free public wifi in Leeds and Bradford city centres a city-wide data platform for Leeds

leedsdatamill.org http://leedsdatamill.org

www.connectingbristol.org connectingbristol.org

Page 6: Focus on Glasgow


Glasgow shows the smart way ahead


lasgow is forging ahead with plans to demonstrate how urban spaces can be run more smartly after winning £24m in the future cities competition. A series of projects are now demonstrating how cities across the UK could take advantage of technology to be better places to live, work and play.

“Clever use of data can have huge benefits for quality of life.” Glasgow futurecity.glasgow.gov.uk http://futurecity.glasgow.gov.uk


The data hub: hundreds of streams of information about life in the city from energy use to pollution, and from traffic flows to health statistics are collected at one point and made available to service providers, businesses and the public. It will make life run smoother and help businesses to deliver more economic growth. Operations centre: a state-of-the-art centre bringing together public space CCTV, traffic management and Police Scotland to improve security and help traffic flow. Active travel: using technology to make the city more cyclist and pedestrian friendly by collecting and analysing data for an informed view of how people travel. Energy: the use of smart meters within smart grids will give a clearer picture of energy usage. It may ultimately enable management systems in buildings to ‘talk to’ the power network and adjust energy usage in line with local and national demands and respond to factors such as weather. Social transport: demand responsive technology to optimise the efficiency of the council’s social transport fleet. Intelligent street lighting: lights that brighten if they detect a disturbance and that have sensors collecting data on pollution and footfall. Lights on the city’s cycle tracks that brighten at signs of an approaching cyclist. Mapping: citizens are encouraged to upload knowledge about their community to an online map, with a strong focus on community engagement.

“It’s place-changing for our city.” Glasgow

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Images: Page 2/3 Main image: The future cities team at work in Bristol. Page 4/5 Main image: The Bristol data dome allows users to visualise large amounts of data on the ceiling of a planetarium. Left: Sensors in recycling bins in Milton Keynes help the collection team to optimise their routes. Centre: Milton Keynes is trialling a system that guides drivers to a vacant parking spot. Right: Leeds and Bradford have introduced free public wifi. Page 6/7 Main image: Glasgow is demonstrating how a future city could be run more smartly.

Page 6 Left: Streams of data about Glasgow are being made available to businesses, service providers and members of the public. Right: Intelligent street lighting in Glasgow brightens at the approach of pedestrians and cyclists. Page 7 Left: Glasgow is making itself more cyclist and pedestrian friendly by collecting data on how people travel. Centre: A new operations centre is helping to ease congestion in Glasgow. Right: Residents of Glasgow are encouraged to upload information to an online community map.

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