In 2012, the Technology Strategy Board aimed to answer this question. It invited 50 cities to show how integrated systems – for transport, energy, waste, governance etc – would work more effectively. This would not only be good for cities but represents an enormous business opportunity.
29 cities were awarded £50k each to develop feasibility studies. Glasgow was then awarded £24m to create a Future Cities Demonstrator, putting plans for integrating services into effect on a scale not seen before in the UK.