Opportunities offer the chance to deliver economic growth, improve quality of life and the environment and to transform public services
Glasgow City Council has given its backing to a new city strategy, Digital Glasgow, that aims to deliver social and economic benefits from the digital revolution.
Some of the 74 actions to be delivered through the strategy include: a proposed new partnership to deliver investment in digital infrastructure and 5G mobile technology; the roll-out of more than 50,000 iPads to the city’s schoolchildren; the introduction of more smart city infrastructure such as intelligent street lighting; a commitment to open data; and new work to identify digital technology skills gaps and the future digital skills needs of Glasgow’s economy.
“We are living in a time of huge and accelerating technological change, and we need to ensure that Glasgow is ready to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges that the digital revolution will bring for our economy and the future of our public services,” said councillor Angus Millar, depute city convener for economic growth at Glasgow City Council.
“While Glasgow is already recognised as an innovative smart city with a strong and diverse digital tech sector, the Digital Glasgow strategy and the partnership working across the city that it underpins will help us take the next steps in becoming a digital global leader.”
“We are living in a time of huge and accelerating technological change, and we need to ensure that Glasgow is ready to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges"
The strategy has two main ambitions relating to how digital technology – itself the fastest-growing sector in Glasgow’s economy, and one which underpins many jobs in other sectors – can benefit the city’s residents, businesses and organisations:
At the same time, the city said it recognises the need to meet the challenges posed by the impact of digital technology, including disruption to traditional business models and the problem of digital exclusion.
In an increasingly online world, it seeks to ensure people have the access and skills to use digital technology as it becomes more important for financial, employment, healthcare and learning opportunities.
Glasgow claims its digital tech sector is the largest in Scotland, and the city has achieved global recognition as a leading smart city with notable innovations in data analytics and big data.
In 2013, the city won a £24m award to develop Future City demonstrator programmes in areas such as smart infrastructure and smart energy that have acted as a catalyst for the digital transformation of public services and in turn attracting further investment in smart city innovation.
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