A smart cities programme in Scotland has been awarded £15m in European funding to help increase the use of data and digital technology across Scotland’s seven cities.
The funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) takes the total invested in the Scottish Cities Alliance’s Smart Cities programme to almost £60m.
Launched in 2015, Smart Cities Scotland is working to make Scotland’s cities smarter, using new technologies to transform the delivery of city services such as waste and water management, street lighting and public transport.
The latest funding will help the cities build on that work and collaborate on a range of projects including:
- Mobile working, with the development and deployment of mobile apps enabling out-of-office access and updating of data from business systems, reducing operating costs and enhancing service quality; and
- Smart infrastructure projects using an Internet of Things (IoT) approach, connecting devices to generate and improve data to help councils and partners reduce energy usage, improve reporting and service delivery, and inform data-driven decision making.
“The funding will enable the local authorities to strengthen their collaboration and bring even more cutting-edge technologies, like open data and intelligent street lighting, to residents across Scotland,” said Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation.
“Thanks to this funding, the people of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling will continue to see their public services become smarter, greener and more integrated.”
Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance, and Leader of Dundee City Council, Councillor John Alexander, added: “Taking seemingly ordinary things such as street lights, bins and public transport and transforming their possibilities through smart technology means cleaner, safer streets and this smart technology also boosts the sustainability of our cities.”