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Source: City of York

Published Thursday, 20th June 2019

City of York Council have received the award for Smart City Initiative at this year’s Connected Britain Awards ceremony in London, on 18 June 2019.

The award recognises the council’s recent digital developments adopting and pioneering Internet of Things (IoT) technology across services in Social Housing, Social Care and Transportation.

The city’s growing connectivity landscape has enabled us to begin trialing intelligent measurement of environmental impacts in our social housing, improving outcomes for both the council and our customers. We are also currently building proofs of concept in the assistive care space that leverage both Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine Learning technology.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Member for Transport, said “York’s digital infrastructure, including its near 70% fibre-optic network coverage, provides an excellent platform to utilise and make the most of the latest technology available to us.

This connectivity is transforming the way we work and support people; from managing our properties, to operating our traffic signals and providing effective social care services.”

Cllr Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance, said:

“This award recognises how the Council is using York’s digital infrastructure to make a real improvement to the services we provide to our residents across the city. From transport to social care, we are looking into how we can make life easier for our residents through the use of new technology. This award is excellent recognition of this work and its positive impact.”

York’s connectivity has also enabled the city’s Smart Transport Evolution Programme (STEP) which has received £2.85m government funding to utilise emerging technology to reduce congestion across the city, improve York’s air quality. This infrastructure sets York on a path to become the UK’s first Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) ready city in the UK.

York was named the UK’s first Gigabit City back in 2014. Since then, our digital infrastructure has enabled transformation across multiple council services, improving efficiency, effectiveness and informed decision making. Our improved connectivity not only helps create new jobs and attract investment to the city, but also helps us address 21st century city challenges with innovative smart technology.

MIL OSI United Kingdom