Whilst cities generate an estimated 80% of global GDP and house over half of the world’s population, trends towards urbanisation are associated not only with wide-ranging opportunities but also challenges. In particular increasing pressure is placed on city environments, infrastructure, buildings, networks, resources and people. Technology can however offer exciting new solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges – providing new means of service delivery and citizen engagement.
The UK government has committed to improving our city infrastructure, supporting smart services that enable government priorities on devolution and digital transformation to be met. Funding has also been provided for a variety of pilots and demonstration projects including the Manchester City Verve IoT demonstrator.
Global smart city revenue is expected to grow from $36.8 billion in 2016 to $88.7 billion by 2025 and techUK will engage across the value chain to drive conditions that make the UK a global powerhouse in the development of smart city solutions and the export of products and services.
techUK will work to:
• Ensure smart systems, technologies and solutions are an integral part of city strategies and accelerate the development of the market.
• Engage with social and economic value chain to understand the challenges currently faced by local government, promoting an awareness of how technology can help address challenge.
• Drive a ‘start smart’ approach working with stakeholders to ensure smart city solutions deliver solutions to appropriate challenges, benefiting the citizen.
The Group's work is directed by the Smart Cities Steering Board. The Board is made up of nominated representatives of the Smart Cities & Communities Group:
Hitachi Europe, Jonathan Adey (CHAIR)
Accenture, Jen Hawes-Hewitt
Amazon Web Services, Phil Young
Analysys Mason, Ian Adkins
ARM, Stephen Pattison
Atos, Kulveer Ranger
Capgemini, Dr Milos Milojevic
Cisco, Stu Higgins
Future Cities Catapult, Rob Whitehead
Gemserv, Sean Gulliford
MySense, Lucie Glenday
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