Greenwich launches smart city strategy
Royal Borough of Greenwich has become the latest local authority to launch a “smart city” strategy – aimed at delivering more efficient services to citizens.
The borough launched a new vision document at an event yesterday, which it says complements the its existing strategies and policies.
Its strategy aims to collect and integrate data better to understand and model the impact of changes on the built environment and the public.
Denise Hyland, leader of the council, said: "We have to invest in a modern built environment, in globally competitive connectivity, in the skills of our people, and in the transformation of our own public services to meet the needs of all our citizens, young and old.
"The Smart City Strategy is our blueprint to take Royal Greenwich into the future. This comprehensive approach to delivering a smarter borough is not an option – it is a necessity. There is no alternative."
The strategy focuses on four strands -Transforming neighbourhoods, transforming infrastructure, developing ultra-fast broadband and transforming public services.
The council says it is already working in partnership with technology-based companies in the borough and is keen to work with more.
It claims to have a rising reputation as a centre of innovation and that it is working with other cities adopting smart city policies, such as Santander, Bordeaux, Milan, Lisbon, Riga and Ülemiste in Estonia.
The Scottish government will implement a “tough” assurance process for digital projects, mandate the use of common technologies and offer training to make sure civil servants “get digital”.
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