Southend looks to smart-city future

Written by Sam Trendall on 13 March 2018 in News

Borough council looks to start process with three-month consultancy to develop strategy

Credit: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

The Essex town of Southend-on-Sea is looking to develop a smart-city plan.

The local borough council said that the town is looking to explore the use of smart-city technologies in five key areas: community safety; environmental monitoring and management; mobility, access, and parking management; independent living, health, and wellbeing; and energy. 

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The council said: “For Southend the concept of [a smart city] includes the integration of information and communications technology, and various physical devices connected to the network – the internet of things or – to monitor what is happening in the borough, to optimise the efficiency of city operations and services, to connect to citizens and employ predict-and-prevent strategies.”

To help develop its smart-city strategy, the council has put out a contract notice seeking an expert consultant to work with the authority for three months. The engagement is expected to be worth between £80,000 and £100,000 to the winning bidder.

Bids are invited until 11 April, with a contract due to commence on 1 May.

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