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Quarter of Brits prepared to fund smart cities

Citizens would be happy to use part of their own tax contribution to fund solutions that address urban issues such as congestion.

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Citizens would be happy to fund smart city solutions that address pressing problems
Citizens would be happy to fund smart city solutions that address pressing problems
One quarter of Britons (24 per cent) would be happy to fund smart city measures that aim to tackle urbanisation problems such as congestion and security issues using part of their own tax contribution, new research finds.

 

The study sets out to explore consumer attitudes and perceptions towards smart cities, and ways to overcome current barriers to adoption in the UK.

 

Smarter infrastructure and signage

 

The study of 1,000 people, conducted by ATG Access revealed this willingness rises substantially when it comes to funding measures which improve transport infrastructure. Almost three-fifths (57 per cent) would be happy for their tax to go towards smart traffic lights, and more than two-fifths (44 per cent) for smarter signs which give real-time traffic updates.

 

Another quarter (24 per cent) said they would also be willing to fund smart barriers that help with incident management.

 

Investment in the smart city looks set to grow, with global spending expected to hit $135bn by 2021. However, uptake in the UK has thus far been relatively slow with cost often cited as an issue.

 

Despite the current lack of investment, there is a clear interest in the smart city concept said ATG. Three quarters of people (74 per cent) interested in smart city measures believe they would help to improve day-to-day issues, such as congestion.

“There are still some issues to be circumnavigated if the UK smart city is to make the transition from far-flung concept to reality - with funding uncertainties and costs a key issue”

Conducted as part of ATG’s Smart cities: Turning the dream into a reality, the research outlines the urbanisation problems that could be solved through the adoption of specific smart city concepts, such as traffic, crime and emergency incident response.

 

“As our cities become more and more congested, it’s becoming increasingly clear that our current urban infrastructure is no longer fit for purpose and smart cities are a clear step forward,” said Gavin Hepburn, managing director at ATG Access.

 

“However, despite the obvious benefits of the concept, there are still some issues to be circumnavigated if the UK smart city is to make the transition from far-flung concept to reality - with funding uncertainties and costs a key issue.”

 

Founded 25 years ago, ATG Access is a vehicle barrier company and was established to design and manufacture bollards, road blockers, barriers and bespoke solutions.

 

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