The Scottish Cities Alliance Smart Cities Scotland programme is moving into its delivery phase with a range of smart projects planned
Seven Scottish cities will be helped in their bid to become “world leading digital hubs” thanks to £24m in funding.
The Smart Cities Scotland programme aims to transform everything from street lighting to healthcare and from public safety to controlling energy use while making the cities themselves more attractive to potential investors.
Aberdeen, Perth, Stirling and Glasgow are piloting intelligent street lighting while Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling will work collaboratively to deliver improved waste management services, including deployment of smart bin technology. Sensors in bins will alert waste management services to empty the bin only when full, improving efficiency.
Last year, the Scottish Cities Alliance unveiled its Smart Cities Scotland identity with the announcement that it had been allocated up to £10m in European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), which is to be matched with £14m from the cities.
The Scottish Cities Alliance, which is the collaboration of Scotland’s seven cities and the Scottish Government, aims to use smart city technology to transform cities into digital hubs to enable them to become more internationally competitive and boost economic growth.
Other projects include: an innovation hub in Perth to develop new businesses in the digital and creative sectors linking to research and education; and open data platforms which will allow cities to make evidence-based decisions to improve services and delivery.
“Through the Scottish Cities Alliance we are working to boost Scotland’s cities and make them smarter,” said Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work.
“That’s why I’m pleased to see this programme move into its delivery phase with the wide range of projects announced today set to make our cities more efficient and greener, as well as more attractive to potential investors.”
He continued: “This £24m investment will use smart city technology to transform our cities into world-leading digital hubs which will improve services and empower residents. I look forward to seeing how it can make our cities more internationally competitive and boost economic growth.”
The £10 million ERDF is part of the Smart Growth element of the 2014-20 ERDF programme and will support the ‘Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City Strategic Intervention’.
The ambition is to make a step change in the use of smart technology for integrated city management across the seven cities, not just individually but collectively, so creating the 8th city. The data gathered will be made widely available for others to use.
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