The Technology Strategy Board will be giving GBP 9 million to London, Bristol and Peterborough councils as part of its Future Cities scheme to help them improve their public services, such as traffic systems.
London will use the money to create 3D maps, automate the inquiry system for road works and build a time-management platform to encourage flexible working.
Bristol will develop a “Citywide Living Lab”, opening up datasets about the city to local businesses, while Peterborough will put the cash towards its existing “Innovation Pool” scheme to encourage technological innovation in the area.
According to David Altabev, manager of the Future Cities demonstrator programme: “We are very excited to be able to support these three cities which will see them progress a range of complementary integration projects. As one of the privileged few who has read all of the cities’ feasibility studies, I am thrilled that we are able to support these cities in realising their ambitions of addressing critical city challenges through integration.”
The main demonstrator title and GBP 24 million was given to Glasgow earlier this year and the project had planned to offer 20 other cities smaller pots of cash. This number was then extended to 30, due to the quality of applications.
The local authorities will meet with the Technology Strategy Board in Birmingham to build collaboration early in the process.
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