Smart Cities

At is most fundamental, Smart Cities is about information and communications technology (ICT) becoming more integrated into city operations and decision making. This collection of solutions and blocks provides a quick summary of resources on this topic.

Citizen data engagement


We will leverage data to find solutions to city issues, using existing and near-term initiatives such as REPLICATE. We will build the capacity of organisations and citizens to use data to shape projects and achieve ‘smart’ city outcomes. REPLICATE (REnaissance of Places with Innovative Citizenship And Technologies) is a €25 million Smart city ‘Lighthouse’ project. In Bristol, it is employing digital technology to explore the impact of integrating smart energy and smart transport interventions in the neighbourhood of Easton. Bristol is a city within the URBACT Resilient Europe network which aims to share experiences on resilience and sustainability across the network. Bringing these two projects together will enable Bristol to develop a real neighbourhood focus to data engagement.

City knowledge exchange platform

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We will explore a range of options for developing an open knowledge platform for connecting people, organisations, ideas and knowledge across the city. It would enable ideas to be connected across themes such as climate preparedness and could connect project ideas with possible funders.

Expand the City’s internal data integration capacity

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The challenges faced by social service clients can cut across the purview of different City agencies. Many times, however, different agencies are unaware that they are working with the same clients. Technology- enabled tools can help agencies better support individuals and families to achieve better results. For example, auto-notifications can alert caseworkers from different agencies that they share common clients (subject to privacy protections), which can help them coordinate support. With greater investments in integrated data systems, the City will also be able to better track the results of its programs. By examining the short- and long-term outcomes of interventions and services, we will be able to, over time, reallocate resources toward the most effective approaches. Analytic tools can improve decision-making across a range of disciplines. In criminal justice, smarter use of data can not only inform criminal justice processing and programming decisions, but also be used to share data to improve residents’ health and safety. These tools are detailed further in the section below on Criminal Justice Reform.

Information technology for "cross-silo" communication

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We will improve major City information technology systems to improve access to services and information for community members and create more efficient financial and information management processes for City staff.

Mobile technology platform to match needs with donations

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A mobile phone and web application for requesting what a person needs - like sleeping bag to stay warm in transitional housing or a coffee maker to help wake up, stay productive, and stay housed - and to donate what you are not using.

Smart and Sustainable Paris

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A new vision was formulated in "Smart and Sustainable Paris - A View of 2020 and Beyond", based on a sharpening of the actions in the Climate and Energy Action Plan, but centered around new initiatives in smart city digital technology and participatory government (see also Amsterdam). The sustainability work will be elevated to a central strategy committee that also brings together external stakeholders and ordinary Parisians through participatory measures. Paris is creating 100,000 m2 of space for business incubators and start-ups and invests €180 million in the Digital City 2015-2020 master plan. But the most eye-catching part is the investment of €500 million, or 5% of the city´s investment budget, in projects chosen by the public through participatory budgeting up to 2020. Parisians get the chance to choose between a number of projects in new rounds every year, and are also invited to suggest their own projects on a website with the headline: "Madam Mayor: I Have an Idea". In the first round in September 2015, more than 40,000 citizen voted, launching 9 projects, including vegetation walls, "learning gardens” in primary schools, mobile rubbish collection points, co-working spaces for young entrepreneurs and transformation of abandoned places around the péripherique, etc.

Urban Integrated Diagnostics

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The Urban Integrated Diagnostics project promotes research and innovation initiatives that help to improve the city’s health, well-being and prosperity as they face up to challenges of modern urban living. The Bristol ‘pilot’ project will bring citizens together with researchers, local authorities and partners from business and the voluntary and community sector aimed at investigating the very real challenges facing the city across four areas: mobility and accessibility, health and happiness, equality and inclusion, and tackling dependency on fossil fuels. Bristol will learn from other pilot cities of York, Leeds, Newcastle & Gateshead, and Birmingham.