Raj Mack: The Benefits of Being a Digital City


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  • Good morning ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to be here today to share with you some case studies from Birmingham of how its using digital technologies to inspire citizens to improve their quality of life and reduce social exclusion and the digital divide. I will also give you an overview of what we are doing to stimulate economic growth using digital technologies and a short glimpse into innovative proof of concept applications that impacts on the visitor economy and access to services My name is Raj Mack and I am the Strategic Change Manager for Digital Birmingham.
  • Raj Mack: The Benefits of Being a Digital City

    1. 1. Raj Mack Strategic Change Manager, Digital Birmingham
    2. 2. 250,000 views / month on digital TV Facts about Birmingham <ul><li>the largest unified authority in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Located at the heart of the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Population growth to 1.1 million </li></ul><ul><li>Second biggest city in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Youngest population in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Investing £500 million in transforming services </li></ul><ul><li>Attracting £20 billion of investment </li></ul>Birmingham
    3. 3. A City attracting £20 billion of Inward Investment
    4. 4. 18,000 devices for children to use at home 250,000 views / month on digital TV A Recognition of the Emerging Importance of Digital Technologies to the UK
    5. 8. Connectivity for all Inclusive city, connected city
    6. 12. Our Progress Card- Good Start, with secure foundation for successful delivery Inclusive city, connected city
    7. 13. Fiz – free information zone(s) (wifi) Information Pull Relevant to people on the move Creating mobility – a Case study
    8. 14. Science City Demonstrator
    9. 15. Science City Demonstrator Push on demand Relevant to immediate location/audience
    10. 16. <ul><li>Wireless CCTV </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Working </li></ul><ul><li>Footfall Cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Parking Meters access </li></ul><ul><li>Event WiFi Services </li></ul>City Council Connectivity Strategy Wireless applications
    11. 17. <ul><li>No one single technology fits all needs so no single provider </li></ul><ul><li>No over all control of infrastructure build </li></ul><ul><li>Range of short term, long term and strategic targets </li></ul>City Council Connectivity Strategy common challenges
    12. 18. Seamless Connectivity 3G Vodafone BT WiFi Mobile WiMax BCC WiFi Hotspot Public Hotspot Aston WiFi BCC WiFi 3G Vodafone Public Hotspot
    13. 19. Unified street network Library Victoria Square CCTV Centralised Radio Management Parking WiFi Zones WiFi Zones ( ( ) ) Digital Signage ( ( ) )
    14. 20. WiFi Office Wired Office 3G/ GPRS Home BT WiFi Hotspots Mobile WiMax 3G BCC ADSL SSL VPN Mobile VPN Encryption 2FA Device Tablet PDA Laptop UMPC Slate 16 hour 3 Day 8 Hour RTB Confidential Secret Restricted Open Mobile Working Matrix Connectivity Secure Access Security Devices Support Data Apps
    15. 21. WiFi Office 3G/ GPRS 3G Encryption Tablet RTB Restricted Bespoke Mobile Working Solution Mobile VPN
    16. 22. <ul><li>Utilizes existing infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Creates Wireless Roadmap </li></ul><ul><li>Allows partner and solution flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Provides scalable solution </li></ul><ul><li>and saves money </li></ul>Benefits of this approach
    17. 23. <ul><li>Every Birmingham home, a digital home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access in Social Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universal Home Access </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Never more than half a mile from a digital helping hand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WiFi in public libraries and offices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network of support centres </li></ul></ul>Reducing Social Exclusion by Closing Digital Divide
    18. 24. School@Home – Case study Computers for pupils Home Access Grants
    19. 25. “ Having a computer at home has greatly improved the economic quality of life for me and my children” Work@Home
    20. 26. Choices@Home – IDTV IDTV- Fingertip control for all ages
    21. 27. Hospital@Home – IPTV
    22. 28. Successful city, leading city
    23. 29. 18,000 devices for children to use at home 250,000 views / month on digital TV Exploiting the use of mobile technologies
    24. 30. <ul><li>Explosion in use of social media </li></ul><ul><li>Crosses age boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>New ways to stay connected </li></ul><ul><li>New (free) tools to support business </li></ul>Social Media
    25. 31. Democracy week Vodafone Texting
    26. 32. Some Achievements <ul><li>Work@home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Square mile of connectivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connectivity strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connected Street wardens and other pilots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free information zone with exciting content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School@home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>18,000 computers in pupils homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aston Pride wins e-govt award </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vodafone texting during democracy week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IDTV providing access to public services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IPTV delivering personalised health services </li></ul></ul>18,000 devices for children to use at home 250,000 views / month on digital TV
    27. 34. Next Steps 18,000 devices for children to use at home 250,000 views / month on digital TV Working in Partnership to deliver success Raj Mack Email : [email_address] Mobile : 0782 353 4981 www.digitalbirmingham.co.uk http://twitter.com/digibrum digitalbirmingham.co.uk/blog