In Scotland, the Smart City model advocates the use of digital technologies to provide better services and empower and improve the health and well-being of citizens.
The Scottish Government’s refreshed digital strategy, coupled with more than £5 billion committed thus far through City Region Deals, is a significant commitment to making Scotland’s cities smarter and better positioned to compete in a connected world.
The country’s seven cities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling – have made considerable progress in adopting smart technologies, embracing innovation to establish new forms of collaboration across the public, private, further and higher education sectors.
This includes: mobile working, smart Infrastructure projects using an Internet of Things (IoT) approach, connecting devices to generate and improve data to aid councils and partners to reduce energy usage, improve reporting and service delivery, and inform data-driven decision making.
Sample smart city activities and priorities include:
FutureScot’s Smart Cities session will examine steps required to ensure Scotland’s cities remain at the forefront of the digital thinking.