Cambridge helps drive future Smart Cities in Europe
Cambridge Cleantech has joined up with leading European cities including Bruges, Delft and Mechelen in a project which will explore how to use publicly available data to create smarter cities for the future.
The multimillion euro project will help technology startups and SMEs use open data to develop Smart City solutions to address challenges in the urban environment by improving parking, monitoring air quality, optimising traffic flows, and promoting energy efficiency in buildings and vehicles.
Cambridge Cleantech will be managing £270,000 of the overall budget as the partner leading on open data innovation in the public sector. Use of public service information is currently estimated to have €300 billion of untapped value (EU, 2015).
The Smart Cities Innovation Framework Implementation (SCIFI) project will establish collaborations between cities, citizens, public service providers, innovators and experts to unlock this huge potential, generating new Smart City products and services to solve urban challenges, while boosting regional economies.
Sam Goodall, international projects manager at Cambridge Cleantech, who led the bid for the project, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this exceptional partnership which cements Cambridge Cleantech’s role as a pathfinder in applications of Smart City technology.
“It’s an exciting and fast-growing area which is transforming the way we live, work and interact with our environment.”
Martin Garratt, CEO of Cambridge Cleantech, added: “We are delighted to be a part of this EU project, especially in the Smart Cities sector, as this will help us to provide even greater support and opportunities for our members.
“We will be looking to work with our local partners at the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership, and the Greater Cambridge Partnership to explore the possibilities for pilot schemes in Greater Cambridge.”
The project, led by Mechelen in Belgium, brings together 10 medium-sized cities from across the UK and Europe and will run for four years.
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