Smart Chicago: how smart city initiatives are helping meet urban challenges

By Steven McGinty Home to former President Barack Obama, sporting giants the Chicago Bulls, and the culinary delicacy deep dish pizza, Chicago is one of the most famous cities in the world. Less well known is Chicago’s ambition to become the most data-driven city in the world. A late convert to the smart city agenda, […]

Bristol is Open: case study of an innovative smart city

By Steven McGinty In May, ‘Bristol is Open’ was named as a leading smart city, just behind London, in Huawei UK’s Smart Cities Index. In the same month, Bristol is Open was also announced as Smart City Innovator of the Year by TM Forum’s Digital World Awards. Bristol is Open The project is a joint […]

How data and smart city infrastructure can support transport planning

By Morwen Johnson Efficient transport is vital to the smooth running of businesses and everyday life in a city. The emergence of new technologies is rapidly transforming both traffic management systems and the analysis of travel activity and transport modelling. At the Open Data Awards last week, the Greater London Authority won the Open Data […]

Smart cities aim to make urban life more efficient – but for citizens’ sake they need to slow down

Sometimes you want to take it slow. Fabrizio Verrecchia/Unsplash. , FAL Guest post by Lakshmi Priya Rajendran, Anglia Ruskin University All over the world, governments, institutions and businesses are combining technologies for gathering data, enhancing communications and sharing information, with urban infrastructure, to create smart cities. One of the main goals of these efforts is […]

How a smart canal and a sponge city could regenerate North Glasgow

by Scott Faulds In the late 18th century, following years of delays and complications, the Forth and Clyde Canal was finally completed and opened for use. In the pre-industrial era, the canal was an essential transport corridor, which allowed goods to be moved from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Clyde and even […]

Unlocking the potential of smart cities: All-Party Parliamentary Group calls for coherent UK Government strategy

By Steven McGinty “The role of smart cities is not to create a society of automation and alienation, but to bring communities together”. (Iain Stewart MP) In June, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities published a report outlining the findings of its recent inquiry into how the UK Government can support the expansion […]

Robot cities: three urban prototypes for future living

This guest blog was written by Mateja Kovacic, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn’t so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fuelling our imagination […]

Science, technology and innovation: the impact of Brexit

By Steven McGinty There have been many twists and turns in the Brexit story. The latest, has been Theresa’s May’s failed attempt to increase her parliamentary majority and gain a personal mandate for negotiating her own version of Brexit. However, since the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016, STEM (science, technology, engineering […]

Scotland’s space sector: a launchpad for economic growth

By Steven McGinty In March, the UK Space Agency announced it had awarded £50,000 to the University of Strathclyde’s Scottish Centre for Satellite Applications (SoXSA) for its work with Glasgow City Council to attract entrepreneurs and start-ups to Glasgow’s innovation hub, Tontine. Six companies will benefit from the support, which includes space industry specific business […]

The 5G arms race: the UK’s strategy to become a global leader in 5G technology

By Steven McGinty On 8 March, the UK Government published their strategy for developing 5G – the next generation of wireless communication technologies. Released on the same day as the Spring Budget, the strategy builds on the government’s Digital Strategy and Industrial Strategy, and sets out the government’s ambition to become a global leader in […]