Oxford to use ‘smart tech’ in tackling congestion and connectivity issues

The Smart Oxford Project Board, which is pioneering smart technologies and the transformation of Oxford to a ‘smart city’, has partnered with Nominet to further the city’s technological development.

The Board is formed by Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and the Local Enterprise Partnership and works to develop smart city approaches for Oxford.

Nominet will investigate how technologies can be applied specifically to Oxford in tackling challenges such as congestion, mobile and internet connectivity, in addition to encouraging future investment in the city.

To determine how Oxford can differentiate itself as a smart city, Nominet is using examples from other global smart city initiatives alongside technologies that Oxford has already explored.

Russell Haworth, chief executive at Nominet said “globally, there is a lot of exciting work going on in this new field and we’re delighted to be looking at how technology might improve our home city of Oxford.

The internet is rapidly moving from mainly connecting humans to connecting machines through the Internet of Things.

This has the potential to support many new and exciting projects that use the internet for good and we want to play a part in defining and shaping it, building on our existing DNS expertise.”

Nominet’s director of research and development, Adam Leach added “from our initial research, it’s clear that Oxford already has a lot of the characteristics that mark out a smart city.

Businesses are already naturally exploring initiatives in this area and it’s great to see Oxford’s local authorities and universities taking a forward-thinking and active lead in bringing all of these efforts together to give the city a technological and economic boost.”

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