A £24 million investment from the UK government has helped Glasgow develop into a world-leading smart city.
This funding, which has been invested in the last four years through Innovate UK, has helped the city to fund developments during this time that connects the city, saving money along the way.
Significantly, technologies of the future will be developed thanks to the investment into digital infrastructure and open data.
Already, projects that have benefited from this finance have saved energy costs; apps have been created; while multiple separate city systems have been created, giving teams the opportunity to work on projects across a number of different disciplines.
The latest estimates show that Glasgow, by being a smart city, will benefit to the tune of almost £150 million because of the savings made through better digital infrastructure and open data.
It is part of Innovate UK’s wider future cities demonstrator programme, which shows the value that could be delivered to a city thanks to integrated city services and systems.
Cities like Glasgow developed bids for funding, which focused on how integration of city systems could add value, which led to Glasgow being awarded £24 million to implement its proposal.
At the time of writing, the projects that have benefited include intelligent street lighting demonstrator that shows how Glasgow can use smarter streetlights to reduce energy and add efficiency.
Elsewhere, the travel demonstrator has showed how the city can be better for cyclists and pedestrians, while the energy efficiency demonstrator helps to obtain information that can cut emissions, address fuel poverty and reduce overheads.
Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, spoke at the City Operations Centre in Glasgow – one of the beneficiaries of funding – to explain how being a smart city has improved Glasgow.
“This fantastic return on investment demonstrates that targeted funding from the UK government can lead to great results, benefiting businesses, visitors and communities.
“Projects funded through this program demonstrate the innovative ways that modern technology and data can be used to make a tangible difference to the lives of people in cities across the world.”
It is a great boost to the tech sector – something that many cities are trying to do.