Our work with the Future Cities Catapult on the development of a Smart City Demonstrator in East Birmingham continues, with the third stakeholder workshop on 19th November held 'on the patch' at the James Horsfall School Room in Hay Mills. Digital Birmingham would like to extend its thanks to the Strategic Leads from the Canal River Trust, University of Birmingham (Crime & Lighting Study and Liveable Cities), NHS Healthy Villages, Birmingham City University, West Midlands Police, Centro and Service Birmingham; as well as the Birmingham City Council Lead Officers for Health & Wellbeing, Transportation and Birmingham Energy Savers who all came together for an intense few hours to agree the way forward and next steps. An Action Plan for the coming months was drawn up and the project activities identified, which when implemented through an iterative user-centric approach, will provide the most impetus to tackle local problems in a more holistic, layered and integrated way.
With the 'Revitalisation of the Canal Infrastructure' improving the local spatial environment and enhancing how people travel around their locality and their quality of life; further supported by the regeneration of derelict/unused spaces around the canal system to create Community Park-lets; the group felt that the importance of the Child Obesity agenda could not be overlooked and therefore a consensus was reached on the above programme of activity and prioritised themes to create the conditions for data to be extracted and/or exchanged.
It is anticipated that the East Birmingham Smart City Demonstrator concept on the wider deployment of Smart City/future internet-based technologies and services can help drive innovation and accelerate the delivery of city outcomes bringing together the needs of public services, the community and the private sector.
Watch this space for further updates....