UK needs to encourage smart city innovation, says expert

UK needs to encourage smart city innovation, says expert

“The innovation mentality is being restrained by austerity”

SAP’s global VP of Urban Matters (an initiative to help create best-run cities) Sean O’Brien has expressed frustration over what he believes is a failure on the part of the UK government to realise that growth should come from its cities and that is should invest in encouraging them to innovate and develop smart city applications, as is the case in countries like China and Australia.

He also said that while previously the UK was considered a role model for e-government and online services, this is no longer the case.

According to O’Brein: “I travel a lot outside of Europe and they get it. I think the innovation mentality is being restrained by austerity in the UK.

“If we want to innovate out of austerity and out of the challenges that Europe and the West has, it has to be through the cities. It’s through the urban settlements, it’s through innovation and it’s through technology,” he added.

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