Insights have been gathered across multiple themes including political, economic, environmental and societal
A quarterly report analysing the latest trends taking place in cities across the UK, and at local and national government has been introduced.
City Innovation Brief aims to summarise key developments and changes from cities across the UK, including identifying where money is being invested and what future opportunities might look like within the advanced urban services sector.
Published by Future Cities Catapult, the report was unveiled by the Government-backed centre of expertise in urban innovation, at the Innovate 2017 annual conference in Birmingham.
Insights have been gathered across multiple themes including political, economic, environmental and societal, to shine a light on what UK cities are doing, thinking and are concerned about.
Once thought of as a luxury rather than necessity, the report identifies millions of pounds being spent on urban services that are infused in innovations, said Future Cities. As Bristol was recently recognised by Huawei’s UK Smart Cities Index 2017 as overtaking London in its smart city capabilities, lots of other cities are stepping up their attempts in using technology to tackle urban challenges from air quality to congestion.
“Managing the ongoing growth and complexity of our cities requires the very best of human ingenuity, and fortunately the UK has a wealth of innovative companies that can help. We call this the advanced urban services sector,” said Nicola Yates, chief executive office at Future Cities Catapult.
“In this and in future issues, our City Innovation Brief will show how cities across the UK are harnessing advanced urban services to help them become more productive, sustainable, inclusive, resilient, and more liveable.”
Highlights from this report covering the second quarter (July-September 2017) include:
“Local government needs to take a leadership role in creating the circumstance in which cross sector innovation can flourish to build a future where our citizens can reach their full potential, businesses can transact and prosper locally as well as globally, and where we attract and keep talent in our cities,” added Deborah Colville, smart cities portfolio manager for Belfast City Council.
“We need to become intelligent clients and understand the markets, collaborating across sectors and learning from other local authority experiences.”
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