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 […]

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 […]

Reimagining travel: how can data technologies create better journeys?

By Steven McGinty From steam trains to electric trains, bicycles to Segways, the transport sector is constantly innovating. Although much of the excitement revolves around high profile developments in self-driving vehicles and private space travel, there are many up-and-coming technologies that could make a great deal of difference to both transport professionals and the average […]

Smart-eco cities: how technology is addressing sustainability challenges in the UK

By Steven McGinty As cities realise the need to improve sustainability, many are turning to innovative technologies to address challenges such as traffic congestion and air pollution. Here, the ‘smart agenda’, with its focus on technology and urban infrastructure, overlaps with the ‘sustainability agenda’ – usually associated with energy, waste management, and transport. In 2015, […]

Digital infrastructure: laying the foundations for a better-connected future

In the first of three articles looking at the challenges facing the building control sector, James Carson highlights the growing demand – driven in part by changes to the building regulations due in 2017 – for future-proof digital infrastructure. The broadband imperative Online living is rapidly becoming the new normal. From the comfort of our sofa, […]

Top of the world: why is Melbourne the ‘most liveable city’?

By Steven McGinty For six consecutive years, Melbourne has been ranked the ‘most liveable city’ by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). In the 2016 liveability survey, the Australian coastal city and state capital of Victoria achieved an overall rating of 97.5 (out of 100), narrowly beating Vienna (97.4), Vancouver (97.3), and Toronto (92.9). The study […]