Eastern Corridor Smart Demonstrator

Project timeframe: July 2015 - Present

A smart city demonstrator along the Eastern Growth Corridor provides the opportunity to lever and integrate city centre investments

Working with the Smart City Commission, we are exploring how the wider deployment of smart city / future internet-based technologies and services can help drive innovation and accelerate delivery of city outcomes bringing together both needs of public services, community and private sector.

The demonstrator will aim to tackle local problems in a more holistic, layered and integrated way. It will drive greater connectedness along urban clusters – connecting assets, data, talent, location, infrastructure to combine innovative design, use of community and social spaces and services with housing and infrastructure developments; new models of commissioning and service delivery enabled through civic and social enterprise.

The demonstrator which links into existing City development plans e.g. Birmingham Connected City (formerly the Birmingham Mobility Action Plan); Birmingham Development Plan; East Birmingham Prospectus for Growth will focus on:

  • Mobility & connectivity - Improving how people travel around across all modes and enabling access to employment opportunities;
  • Health – Healthy ageing; improve quality of life / mental health & wellbeing indicators;
  • Skills & Enterprise - Manage supply and demand; Upskill local population and talent for innovation; grow level of enterprise and sustainable start-up & business growth
  • Information Marketplaces – enabling programme of activity creating conditions for data to be extracted and /or exchanged by multiple partners & stakeholders prioritised around above themes; creating the supply chain that may include business / developers that can create value with this new data

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The demontrator area covers:

East Birmingham includes Erdington, Stockland Green, Nechells, Saltley, Washwood Heath, Hodge Hill and Shard End – a population of more than 280,000 people