Project DISC (Data-driven Interactive Smart Decision Toolkit)

June 2016 - July 2017

Digital Birmingham is already working to build the ecosystem for the capture, management and interpretation of data, in partnership with existing initiatives e.g. the Eastern Corridor Smart Demonstrator Framework, the iCentrum/Serendip development being led by Innovation Birmingham and the SteamHouse project, led by Birmingham City University. Our aim is to develop the data economy for Birmingham and the region, which exploits the value of open, closed, commercial and personal data for better decision making.

A new digital simulation toolkit is being developed by Birmingham City University in collaboration with Digital Birmingham (BCC) and the Future Cities Catapult (FCC) which aims to improve the lives and wellbeing of people living and working in major cities around the world.

Future Cities Catapult and Digital Birmingham will develop use cases that exploit developments in technology and data to understand and act upon the opportunities arising from the major investment in the HS2 station at Curzon Street.

Project DISC will initially focus on two major Birmingham developments – the construction of the planned HS2 terminus, Curzon Street station and the revival of the canals in the Eastern Corridor Smart Demonstrator in and out of the City, incorporating the Icknield Port Loop development.

One of the unique advantages is that it incorporates the human/user elements. Project DISC will focus on discrete use cases that are applied to real citizen, civic and city challenges. The toolkit will enable the research outputs to be utilised by different stakeholders e.g. urban planners, citizens, consultants and policy makers to analyse and visualise the impacts and opportunities. It aims to simplify
complex decision making, informing policy and strategic service developments using unified data and state of the art simulation and modelling.

Project DISC - (Data-driven Interactive Smart Decision Toolkit) is a 12-month project under a collaboration framework agreement between Digital Birmingham (BCC), Birmingham City University, Future Cities Catapult and Redpill Group Ltd

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