The 1st round of Smart City Challenge Calls is being advertised by Reading Borough Council on behalf of the Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster project. This first Call consists of four Challenges, focusing on tackling loneliness, reducing falls in the elderly, supporting independence in travel and targeting investment to improve energy efficiency in homes. Each Challenge will involve a development and pilot phase so that the benefits can be evaluated and knowledge can be shared as these are common challenges faced by councils across the UK. Grants of up to £100,000 are available for each Challenge.
If you are a business who is interested, the Call has been published by Reading Borough Council on the Reading Borough Council In-Tend portal under the title Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster 1st Challenge Fund Call (https://in-tendhost.co.uk/readingbc/aspx/Tenders/Current).
An information event is being held on 24th April 2019 at the Marketing Suit, 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6GP. Event will begin at 6:30pm (Pizza will be provided) for a 7:00pm start and will consist of a presentation overview of the 1st Call and an opportunity for questions. We will also publish the answers to questions on the portal for those that cannot attend. The event will also be an opportunity for those looking to make contacts and partner up. If you wish to attend the event please register at https://www.meetup.com/Internet-of-Things-Thames-Valley/events/260532428/
Scotland is to get a new Internet of Things network. The network, called IoT Scotland, will allow the collection of data from smart devices through a wireless sensor network based on LoRa wireless technology.
The £6m, three-year project has been funded with investment from both the public and private sectors.
Initially, the network will cover Scotland’s seven cities, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, and Stirling, with the aim of expanding it throughout Scotland.
Nick Chrissos – from Cisco Systems – looks at a smart city project in Manchester and the UK’s Smart City IoT Demonstrator, CityVerve.
Manchester Smart City Lessons
The project saw 20 organisations ranging from the city council, universities and hospitals, to transport bodies and private businesses – collaborate to embrace the technology and provide data to make Manchester an even better place to live, work, play and learn, locating activity along Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor.
By Mark Duncan @cityverve
From a Council perspective, CityVerve taught us the value of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in improving the way we can design and deliver services for the people who visit, live and work in Manchester.
CityVerve comes to an end – but for Manchester, this is just the beginning
For us, this was a way of realising our objectives within the Our Manchester Strategy using new IoT solutions and working with an impressive set of public and private sector partners.
IoT has huge potential for a local authority. In our case, it opened up new sets of data and also, through the work of FutureEverything on human centred design and citizen engagement, new conversations with residents about what they wanted.
Now, with data giving us a picture of the citizen experience, we can gain new insights into how people are using our city and its services.
And this of course means we have the opportunity to use data and new insights to develop and design services so they better meet the needs of users.
Our experience of CityVerve has directly informed the Council’s emerging new digital strategy for the city, and the lessons and partnerships developed through CityVerve will play a big part in its development.