Smart City Roadmap

Project timeframe: 2012 - 2017

In early 2013 Birmingham City Council published its Smart City Vision statement. Subsequently the Smart City Roadmap has been developed with a group of citywide stakeholders to support its implementation.

The Roadmap has been developed by the Birmingham Smart City Commission, a body created by the city council which includes leading figures from the business, academic and public sectors.

It represents a collective ambition by city stakeholders to deliver real change by developing intelligent and integrated services through the use of digital technologies, data and open collaboration, driven by the citizens and communities that are core to the city's future growth. Published in March 2014, the Roadmap lays out the principles the city needs to follow and describes an initial range of activities we plan to undertake over the coming 1-3 years. It sets out over 35 actions that aim to influence the city's approach to creating a sustainable and better future for its citizens by responding to challenges such as unemployment, the skills gap, health inequalities, effective mobility and carbon reduction targets in three themed areas: Technology & Place, People and Economy.

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A smart city uses digital technologies to enhance performance and wellbeing, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and also to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens.

UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2013

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