Birmingham Smart City Project

Description

Programmes of work to help progress Birmingham's Smart City ambitions.

Integrated Infrastructures and Processess across Energy, ICT, and Transport
Integrated Planning, Policy, Regulation and Management, Knowledge Sharing, Standards, Baselines and Performance Indicators and Metrics

 

Smart City development
We are developing specifications and programmes of work to help progress Birmingham's Smart City ambitions.

•Support the Smart City Commission, which provides the leadership and governance for Birmingham's Smart City activities.
•Involvement in European and national Smart City initiatives and projects such as EU funded project Smart Spaces.
•Collaborative R&D programmes of work with Universities such as Birmingham City University looking at prototype platforms and solutions for future Smart Cities.
•Developing frameworks, standards and city metrics for a Smart City, which includes making data open and accessible as a key city asset.
World class digital connectivity
In line with the Big City Plan, and the Enterprise Zone, Digital Birmingham is developing a world class digital connectivity programme that will be key to accelerating economic growth, creating new jobs and inward investment.

•The Digital Districts programme of ultrafast broadband speed will transform sections of the city, acting as a catalyst for growth.
•City wide next generation high speed wireless technologies to respond to the need for on the move high speed mobile services.
The seven key sectors in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP strategy for growth relies on businesses having the right skills and knowledge to exploit digital technologies and infrastructure ad unlock innovation in their business practices; Equally citizens need to be online in order for example to access the benefits of job opportunities and best deals and develop essential ICT skills to meet employer requirements and help them to become 'Digital by Default'. Current activities to support this strand:

•Hello Business/culture sector events and hackathons.
•Virgin Media Pioneers online community to support young entrepreneurs.
•Go ON Birmingham Campaign to create 2,012 digital champions to help make our citizens 'Digital by Default'.
•DISCOVER EU funded project to develop digital skills of carers.
•Development of information channels such as Looking Local to support digital inclusion.

Publish our Smart City Roadmap and Action, building on the key themes of leadership and ownership, exploitation of new technologies, service transformation, support mechanisms for innovation, new information marketplaces, support to citizens and businesses to close the digitaldivide and profiling and influencing to attract investment as a recognised Smart City

Smart City development
We are developing specifications and programmes of work to help progress Birmingham's Smart City ambitions.
•Support the Smart City Commission, which provides the leadership and governance for Birmingham's Smart City activities.
•Involvement in European and national Smart City initiatives and projects such as EU funded project Smart Spaces.
•Collaborative R&D programmes of work with Universities such as Birmingham City University looking at prototype platforms & solutions for future Smart City

The Digital Birmingham Stakeholder Group is a collaborative networking forum of member organisations that debate, advise and share information on city-wide digital developments and opportunities aligned with the Digital Birmingham programme. The group meets twice a year and the forums will be themed where guests will be invited to lead discussions and reviews. This will be our opportunity to debate and share information about the city's digital developments, challenges and programmes of activity.

Digital Birmingham is now working with over 40 partner members to lead and link to initiatives that will increase the use of digital technologies and help Birmingham make the transition from a great industrial city to a great digital city. In 2013 Birmingham City Council published its Smart City Vision statement. Subsequently the Smart City Roadmap has been developed with a group of citywide stakeholders to support its implementation. The Roadmap lays out the principles the City needs to follow and describe an initial range of activities we plan to undertake over the coming 1-3 years

Addressing low economic performance, unemployment and skills gap
Tackling health and wellbeing equalities 
The need for seamless and effective mobility
Establish a low carbon society

Use of digital technologies and information to increase capacity of existing infrastructure and services
A joined up, integrated approach to service delivery across sectors
Citizen involvement, cooperation and citizen-focussed service delivery

These principles have been embedded in all of the road map actions. The roadmap is divided in three main sections of Technology and Place, People and Economy.





 

Is the commitment potentially open to additional partners and if so, in which priority area (please tick the relevant options)?

  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Sustainable Districts and Built Environment
  • Integrated Infrastructures and Processes across Energy, ICT, and Transport
  • Citizen Focus
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Integrated Planning and Management
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Baselines, Performance Indicators and Metrics
  • Open Data Governance