Innovative Berkshire businesses have been asked to develop internet of things (IoT) solutions to tackle real challenges faced by local authorities in the delivery of public services.
The £500,000 Challenge Fund Call is part of the Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster project, led by Reading Borough Council, with partner authorities, Wokingham, West Berkshire and Bracknell Forest Councils. The two-year project, which is funded by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is delivering state of the art IoT communications across the region. As such, the authorities are issuing a series of calls for innovation, of which this is the first.
This call consists of five Challenges, focusing on: tackling Climate Change; tackling Climate Change in schools; supporting the development of arts and culture; using chatbots and AI to improve council highways and waste services, and; an open smart cities IoT call. Each Challenge will involve development and pilot phases to ensure that the benefits can be evaluated and knowledge shared, as these are common challenges faced by councils across the UK. Grants of up to £100,000 are available for each Challenge.
If you are a business who is interested, the call has been published by Reading Borough Council on the Reading Borough Council In-Tend portal under the title Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster. Please search ‘Smart City’ here to find out more. Moreover, organisations wishing to connect with the Smart City Cluster can do so here.