Smart Cities Scotland blueprint announced

Five delivery objectives have been outlined for Smart Cities Scotland programme, with the publication of a blueprint as an initial strategy for the Scottish Government backed initiative.

The aim is to get Scotland’s cities to have the capacity to use IoT technology for delivering projects and services that will improve the quality of life of its citizens.

Yesterday’s launch of the blueprint is the latest stage in a programme fuelled by a decision by the Scottish Government to provide €15 million from its share of the European Region Development Fund Programme 2014-20 to support the development of the technology.

The blueprint also includes a number of capacity building measures, covering governance, investment, procurement and promotion.

They include the appointment of a Smart Cities Scotland Board and a national champion, the definition of relevant roles across city and national governments, joint bids to attract funding, working with Scotland Excel – the country’s local government procurement centre – to create and share dedicated procurement resources, developing challenge-led competitions for new solutions, and piloting new business models.

Dr David Beeton, managing director of the Urban Foresight think tank and compiler of the blueprint, said: “Having worked with cities around the world, it is clear that Scotland’s cities are ideally placed to drive forward their ambitions to become smarter and more sustainable.

The five delivery objectives are listed as:

  • Improving lives – The Smart and Healthy Living project will involve creating a nationwide testbed for innovations in health and wellbeing, and produce data-led insights on the links between health, economic growth and productivity.
  • Collaboration and engagement – A Sharing and Learning Platform will be developed for cities and their partners to exchange information, combine resources and solve problems.
  • Open data and transparency – The Code for Scotland pathfinder will aim to bring the data community into developing smart city solutions.
  • Technology and innovation – A national mobility-as-a-service platform will be developed under the MaaS Scotland programme. It will combine transport options from different providers and handle functions from travel planning to payments.
  • Environmental sustainability – The Circular Economy pathfinder will aim at efficiently managing the flow of resources within and between cities.

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