Bristol facts – population of around 449,000. 8th largest city in England. More children than people of pensionable age. 10.8% population increase since 2005.
Key drivers for growing cities – in white.
Key factors to consider in cities – in boxes.
Lots of projects in the future cities area need smart infrastructure to be available in order to make use of it and to test new technologies. We need to build this smart infrastructure before companies can come in to cities to test new technologies.
Simply testing if technologies work is not enough – we need to do this at scale, bringing together multiple parties to collaborate – from technology developers to service suppliers, from local authorities to regulators.
At-scale future cities demonstrators will help to define the smart infrastructure our cities need for the future.
Innovate UK has started work in this area through its urban living programme.
30 cities received £50,000 in feasibility study funding to support their business planning for future cities – to show how they could work with local businesses and partners to improve urban living and working using new technologies.
Cities focused on how different systems in a city could be integrated and how new technologies could be used to deal with challenges in themes such as those shown.
What challenges - examples
From that feasibility funding, cities have reported numerous benefits including the development of new and ongoing partnerships between authorities and with local businesses and universities.
Return on investment – analysis has shown that a total £107 million of additional private and public investment has been secured by 5 cities, including Bristol, to make parts of their feasibility studies a reality.
Bristol went on to receive £3 million in city demonstrator funding in the next phase of this programme.
Map of all Catapults
Note – if asked re Northern Ireland “not having a Catapult” – it has two regional centres, one in digital and one in precision medicine.
This is a great example combining Bristol City Council’s work with the Future Cities Catapult – Innovate UK’s national technology and innovation centre for cities innovation.
The Bristol planetarium was upgraded to provide a venue for immersive visualisations of city data – data from Bristol is Open’s emerging city-wide digital network.
This is a great example of citizen engagement within a city – users can visualise the hidden layers of the city, providing an understanding of data related to transport, energy, health, environment and culture.
** What did they do with it?
In homage to the famous Heineken commercial that poked fun at the problem of roads being constantly dug up, Innovate UK funded Amey and Staffordshire County Council to work on solutions for better coordination of highway maintenance and under-road service installation.
This project is designing and trialling a new spatial planning service across Staffordshire using an innovative smart city platform.
Collaboration is key here – between the county council, Staffordshire University, maintenance companies and service installation companies.
From that local example, to supporting UK businesses in going global.
International working in the area of cities was a big theme towards the end of 2016 – with both our and India’s Prime Ministers leading the India-UK Tech Summit.
Working with the Department for International Trade, the Enterprise Europe Network and the Future Cities Catapult, we took 11 companies on a trade mission to the cities of New Delhi, Pune and Kochi. This gave them the opportunity to pitch their ideas to potential customers, partners and investors.
Already we are hearing of deals done on the mission – for example, Gaist Solutions has taken a 50% share of Optimint Solutions near New Delhi, opening up greater access to the growing infrastructure market in Asia. Gaist is also tendering for work in Pune
Gaist new story - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/indian-deal-gives-uk-firm-a-foothold-in-asian-smart-cities
The Government published just days ago their Industrial Strategy green paper, containing proposals to build on Britain’s strengths and to secure a future as a competitive, global nation.
Part of the Industrial Strategy sees the creation of a Challenge Fund that will be led by Innovate UK and the Research Councils.
Innovation towards future cities fits into many of the themes being discussed for this fund through engagement workshops with industry – from new energy technologies to autonomous transport, from sustainable manufacturing technologies to digital technologies that will better connect our cities.
We’ll have more news on the themes for the Challenge Fund in the coming months.
The Age of Accelerations…
per Tom Friedman
According to Moore’s law, the power of
technology—computing power—doubles every two
Our ability to adapt to it, to incorporate its use and
benefit into our lives takes more than 10 years.
So your opportunity, your challenge is to help cities,
to help all of us adapt to the pace of our world.
In Silicon Valley
…everything that is analog is being digitized,
everything that is being digitized is now
being stored, everything that is being stored
is now being analyzed on powerful computer
systems, and all the learning is being
immediately applied to make old things work
better to make new things possible and to do
old things in new ways.
Smart City Defined
Aligned! It understands the value of collaboration & the power of
partnerships to get things done
Aware of its character, its sense of place. It actively works to
communicate its image to all who live, work, play & visit the city
Inclusive. It invests in human & social capital to fuel stakeholder
Views technology as the enabler to create a better quality of life—for
livable, workable, sustainable communities
Resilient, regenerative & secure leveraging technology innovation &
human talent in optimal ways to create smarter, safer cities
Economically vibrant. it seeks a competitive advantage to spark
business investment and attract talent, it envisions the future, acts
holistically & invests in the right technology for the right reasons
Investing in cities…matching problems with
solutions to create attractive, competitive cities
Economic Development & Business Growth—Revenue
Generation & Job Creation
Safety, Security & Resilience
Transportation & Mobility—of Freight, Goods & People
Social Inclusion & Access—Diversity & Equity
Community Identity, Placemaking & the Built Environment
Sustainability—for People, Environment & Growth
Health, Wellness & Lifelong Learning
Where is the smart city market moving
or… how are cities becoming competitive,
collaborative, connected and more
Los Angeles, California
Your Smart City Opportunity
Think big on behalf of the city—endeavor to solve many
problems—understand their challenges around economic
growth, funding, security, city operations, politics.
Align, collaborate, include—build coalitions, work
together, find partners, create new partnerships,
understand the value of inclusion, of giving people a
Connect—to people, to culture, to networks, to money, to
the real benefits of your big ideas
85% of your financial success is due to
your personality; your ability to
communicate, negotiate and lead.
Only 15% is due to technical knowledge.
Through the benefits of your technology
and your leadership to help cities
transform, you have the opportunity to
make cities smarter.
Driving innovation in future cities
Director, Infrastructure Systems
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Four-stage urban infrastructure evolution
Where are the Cities of Opportunity positioned today in the
evolution of urban infrastructure?
What will future infrastructure demands be?
Courtesy of PwC
Smart, Resilient Infrastructure
2-5% of Infrastructure spend
£8bn to £21bn domestic market in smart systems
Smart systems market c. $450 billion a year
New infrastructure systems must be tested at scale
to demonstrate their effectiveness in enhancing our
cities. Future cities demonstrators would help UK
companies to carry out ‘first of a kind’ deployments.
30 cities including Bristol awarded £50,000
each to undertake feasibility studies.
Following the feasibility phase, cities
reported significant benefits:
New and ongoing partnerships
Most participating cities received further
investment from partners
5 cities, including Bristol, secured total of
£107 million additional private and public
Urban Living Programme
£3 million city
the UK - the
Visualising city data within immersive
experience – Bristol City Council and
Future Cities Catapult
‘Project Heineken’ sees Amey and Staffordshire
County Council working on solutions to better
coordinate highway maintenance and under-road
service installation jobs.
is key to
Connected Cities Mission
Government published Industrial Strategy Green Paper consultation on January 23rd
Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
Led by Innovate UK and the Research Councils.
Programmes delivered by the fund will be industry-led and powered
by multi-disciplinary research and business academic collaboration.
It will help identify and develop UK industries that are fit for the
future, driving progress in technologies where the UK can become a
world-leader in research and commercialisation.
Supporting innovation in cities of the future
We can’t stop
Director, Infrastructure Systems