Yesterday we published the vision statement of Birmingham’s Smart City Commission. This sets out the huge ambition for Birmingham that will shape the technological solutions and partnerships to de
al with the cities immediate and future challenges.
The context for these challenges, are not dissimilar to other cities – we need to move to a low carbon economy and adapt to climate change; as
more and more people live in cities and population increases, we need to get better at managing our resources such as energy and housing; the financial situation has compounded many of the inequalities of the city; some of the areas of the city are extremely deprived; wages are lower, more people are unemployed, and the health outcome of residents are poorer in these places.
Technological change brings big opportunities to offer new exciting solutions for new services provision – that supports better integration across service providers to enable a shared and connected approach, stimulates innovation by SMEs and responds to and informs changes in consumer choice and behaviour – all leading to a better quality of life and more jobs.
We have a real opportunity to constructs a coherent and viable future for our city and position ourselves to maximise the opportunities that it brings. We don’t underestimate the challenge this presents, but believe that with the right collaboration and working closely with our partners that we can do this together.
There are seven key priority areas of our roadmap to becoming a Smart City. These look at how we make better use of the city’s data to improve lives; support new business models and innovation for SMEs and entrepreneurs; enable a more joined up approach across sectors such as transport, energy and health and support and empower our business and citizens to help shape and jointly design services.
Please take a look at the Vision statement – an online version of the Smart City Vision Statement is available here.
We are keen to have your views on this, particularly to have your involvement in helping to shape the more detailed roadmap and action plan that will follow on from this. The aim is to have this completed by summer 2013 and we will be working with business, third sector and communities to shape what this looks like. Any thoughts or for more information email us at: email@example.com
Finally, we would like to thank the Smart Commission members, that have given their time to help shape and define what this vision looks like and the momentum this presents to build our future Birmingham together.