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Cambridge named one of Britain's smartest cities

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017

Cambridge has been named one of Britain’s smartest cities – showing the rapid progress of the pioneering Smart Cambridge programme which is supported by the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

The city was named tenth in the second annual UK Smart Cities Index published by Huawei UK for its pioneering work using data and technology to help improve transport, air quality and other urban challenges.

Cambridge is joined in the top ten by Peterborough and Milton Keynes in a growing ‘smart region’ at the cutting edge of emerging technology which is driving the regional economy.

The report commends Cambridge for its collaborative work in cutting edge research, setting up an Intelligent City Platform to collate real-time data, establishing a Lora network and enabling innovative Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Cllr Francis Burkitt, Chair of Greater Cambridge Partnership, which established the Smart Cambridge programme in 2015, said: “We are delighted Cambridge is named among the top ten of this year’s Huawei Smart Cities Index along with neighbours.

“We are a smart region realising the benefits of collaboration at the cutting edge of emerging technology.

“This is a great accolade for our growing Smart Cambridge programme, which is using data and technology in smart ways to improve transport, air quality and connectivity for people living and working in and around the city.”

The rapidly evolving programme has been allocated £1.6million by Greater Cambridge Partnership over the next three years, as part of its plans to improve transport infrastructure and promote economic growth in and around Cambridge.

Huawai evaluated 20 cities and their strategies, key projects and overall readiness in using digital technology to improve crucial civic services from transport infrastructure to healthcare.

Cambridge is one of 12 ‘contender’ cities, which also include Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Peterborough, Oxford, Edinburgh and Newcastle. The overall ‘leader’ in the report is Bristol, followed by London.

The Huawei UK Smart Cities Index rankings were calculated by an in-depth analysis of ten criteria within the cities’ strategy and execution, covering areas such as their vision, digital innovation, implementation record and community reach.

For more information visit the Smart Cambridge website or watch the video below.