Smart Cities

We are leading Birmingham's Smart City Roadmap and manage the Smart City Commission. This is transforming the way the city and region works to support a more resilient future city that enables and empowers citizens to be actively involved in shaping services. The Roadmap has started Birmingham's journey outlining a range of actions, many of which are being delivered in collaboration with the business, community and public sectors that embrace use of smart city technologies and access to data to contribute to the challenges of low economic performance and unemployment, tackling health & wellbeing inequalities, improved mobility and a low carbon economy.

Roadmap actions in delivery include a £10M programme of ultrafast connectivity providing free open access city centre mobile broadband experience and free wifi in public buildings; digital academy programme to support SMEs to improve their digital skills; Birmingham Data Factory accelerating the release and access to data to drive enterprise and innovation and piloting of an energy dashboard for visitors and users of public buildings (SmartSpaces) to support behaviour change and generate new solutions around energy management.

We align the activities of the Smart City approach to support the delivery of Birmingham's Carbon Roadmap that will invest in the enabling infrastructure - connectivity, systems integration, application of technologies, data and future internet of things to tackle some of the shared challenges around congestion, air quality, energy and resource management.

Smart City Roadmap
Birmingham Smart City Blog

We work closely with technology providers, innovators, Smart City consultants and partners to broker and mainstream innovation into the public sector to find transformative solutions to our city challenges and attract funding and investment in areas that cover energy, skills, health, mobility, data and connectivity.

Smart City Principles:

  1. Integration - Changing our framework, processes and integrating our multiple city systems that will make the city work better and deliver social, economic and environmental value. This regards cities as a 'system of systems' that needs to be addressed holistically
  2. Digital - Securing investment in modern digital infrastructure new urban and smart technologies and intelligent smart systems of future internet of things that will help us manage what we do more efficiently – technology enabled not technology driven
  3. Data – Open access approach to public re-useable data, recognising information and inclusion are key assets
  4. Citizen Engagement - Placing citizens and businesses need at the heart of the decision making process to shape and design services