Guest blog: IoT: A Smarter Solution For Urban Area Management

Increases in population and trends towards urbanisation inevitably lead to increasing pressure on cities and their inhabitants. The necessary improvements to infrastructure, networks and resources provide both opportunity for the citizens and challenges for those looking to develop and transform the cities in which we live.

Technology can act as a pressure valve, releasing the stress on rapidly growing infrastructure and services, helping to create cities where citizens want to live, work and feel safe. Smart Cities are the answer.

With global Smart City revenue expected to grow from $36.8 billion in 2016 to $88.7 billion by 2025, the Government has committed to improving our city infrastructure through Smart City solutions, accelerating economic growth and improving the quality of life in our cities.

These solutions can range from traffic management to intelligent lighting systems and energy efficiency - anything that enhances the quality and performance of urban services.

This is where Intechnology comes in. We are always looking for ways to improve the connectivity of our cities to benefit citizens and businesses through technology. We have a long track record of creative innovation to benefit customers, businesses, the NHS and local government.

We started our digital infrastructure business in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in 2013 as a provider of free public Wifi to boost digital inclusion in locations as diverse as Edinburgh, Southend, Windsor and Yorkshire County Cricket Club. We have now developed the tools to provide Smart City services to local authorities across the UK, allowing them to cut costs in fields such as transport, health, tourism and waste management and make a real difference to the lives of their citizens.

We have joined Spark, a new online marketplace from the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) designed to help tech start-ups sell cutting edge innovations to the public sector. It will enable the widespread adoption of emerging technologies to transform public services.

In 2017/18, CCS delivered £345 million in commercial benefits and £247 million for the wider public sector - helping to deliver world-class public services that offer the best value for taxpayers.

Intechnology joined Spark’s online marketplace after rolling out one of the UK’s first city-wide networks for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Coventry, due to be the City of Culture in 2021. We are working in partnership with the city council to pilot high-tech public services to boost air quality, pest control, waste management and street lighting in the city.

The underlying technology is a secure platform which allows for network data to be analysed to enhance working practices and decision making at a local level. Public bodies can use Spark, a dynamic purchasing system, to access these and other technologies to deliver better public services for less money.

Once installed, Intechnology’s network is open for innovators to develop piggyback applications for sectors such as retail, leisure, tourism and automative.

At Intechnology we are committed to creating opportunities for more people to be part of the digital economy and access public services online. We have already built one of the UK’s biggest platforms for digital inclusion and are increasing our coverage all the time, aiming to reduce the pressure on the rapidly growing infrastructure required to cater for rises in population in our cities.

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