Hull is set to become the first city in the UK to benefit from a purpose-built smart city operating system (OS).
The CityOS platform from smart city operator Connexin will allow Hull City Council to integrate, view, manage and respond to information from a range of council services, sensors and systems, using a single intelligent dashboard.
Information from data-producing sensors linked to smart lighting, parking, traffic, waste management and Wi-Fi deployments will be integrated into the software platform. This information will also made available to the public.
“Our platform will enable Hull to become a programmable city and move from outdated siloed service-driven technologies to a central platform to improve service delivery, reduce costs and to make the most of new technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms,” said Furqan Alamgir, founder and CEO of Connexin.
Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, commented: “Developing Hull as a smart city will give us the opportunity to work with public and private sector partners to deliver real benefits to communities, businesses and visitors to Hull.
“The project will involve innovative technological solutions to enhance data-sharing and decision-making, which will help us to deliver more effective services, including everything from traffic management to health and social care.”
The new system brings together information that currently sits in separate council computer systems, enabling city-wide management of public assets in real time, Hale explained.
“Residents will receive better information to make choices about transport, traffic and parking. But this will be just the beginning of what is possible.
“As the project develops, it will create a demand for new digitally skilled workforce in the city, so we will need to invest in skills and training for younger generations so they are prepared for the new types of jobs that will be created in the digital sector.”