birmingham smart city

Birmingham’s Digital Transformation Projects See It Listed 4th in Britain’s Best Smart Cities.

Birmingham has been listed as one of Britain’s top 10 best smart cities in the second UK smart cities index. The index was commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting.

The report is based on the evaluation of 20 cities and their digital strategies and key projects, as well as their overall readiness to use digital technology to improve services and infrastructure.

Which projects have seen Birmingham achieve this status?

The Big Data Corridor

Project partners will work together to help businesses in the Birmingham and Solihull area understand the benefits big data. Emphasis is placed on using the Internet of Things in order to develop new products and services.

The project will involve the development of a data analysis, as well as a visualisation platform which will combine open data with data from new technologies. These include technologies such as photonics or weather adaptive street lights.

The project will run for a total of 3 years, finishing in Autumn 2019.

Smart Routing

Smart Routing aims to improve public transport by enabling people to combine their journey data and preferences with real-time transport information. The end result will be effective journey planning, even without an internet connection.

The project will build on the existing data from the ‘Commuter’ app,in order to create an ideal application for planning public transport travel in and around Birmingham.

Pure Cosmos

This co-operation project focuses on the role of public authorities in enhancing the competitive edge of SMEs. It is stated they can do so by making the business climate more transparent and reliable. Additionally. they aim to support SMEs and promote the modernisation of public services.

Pure Cosmos aims to develop SMEs by decreasing their administrative burdens through selected policy instruments.

What does this mean for my business?

In a Smart City environment, the goal is to create an interconnected ecosystem, where information flows seamlessly. The aim is to improve the experience for both visitors, residents and businesses.

The rise in smart city technology will undoubtedly bring an influx in connect devices both internally externally. Therefore, additional pressure and traffic will be placed onto existing infrastructure.

To benefit from Smart City technology, IT managers need to start looking at their long-term IT strategies to ensure that their own internal networks are robust enough to cope with this additional demand.

If you would like to find out how Arden Group can help to manage your IT strategy then contact us today. 

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