Low Carbon and Renewables

Glasgow is developing a green economy, and hosts the Future Cities Demonstrator, aimed at using technology to make the city smarter, safer and more sustainable.

Future City | Glasgow

The project: Future City | Glasgow

The challenge: To demonstrate how innovative use of technology can make life in Glasgow smarter, healthier, safer and more sustainable.

The purpose: To put Glasgow residents at the forefront of technology integration and application and create a city where non-personal data is free and open to everyone. Making information more easily accessible, allowing data to be processed and utilised for greater efficiency in the city. Innovative demonstrator projects will address issues such as social transport, energy, street lighting and active travel through the use of open data, apps, portals and mapping. The public, academics and businesses will be urged to get involved both by using the data and contributing their own knowledge.

The people and partners: Glasgow beat 29 other cities to win funding for the programme in a contest run by the Technology Strategy Board.

Future City | Glasgow is a collaboration between public and private sector agencies providing a range of services to the city. They include Glasgow City Council, Community Safety Glasgow, Police Scotland, housing providers, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, universities and energy providers.

The outcomes: This £24m investment will help make Glasgow a city of tomorrow, demonstrating how cities can work more efficiently with a reduced environmental impact. 

The impact: The project will focus on four key areas: active travel (cycling and walking), energy, social transport and public safety.

Some examples of how it will impact are:

A new Glasgow City Operations Centre, bringing teams from Community Safety Glasgow's (CSG) CCTV operation and Traffcom – the council team which monitors the city's traffic lights and traffic cameras. A new network of advanced digital cameras will also replace the existing ageing system.

Intelligent Street Lighting will be trialled in two pilots with a goal of reducing carbon emissions, increasing safety and cutting power consumption.

The Social Transport project will demonstrate how technology can assist in the creation of a flexible and efficient, demand responsive transport service.

Energy projects will show how technology can help ensure energy efficiency strategies are built upon increasingly accurate data.
Software and online mapping tools will create a clearer picture of power consumption in the city - making it easier to plan future developments.

It will work with housing providers to address energy consumption in older, traditionally hard to heat properties. 
The Active Travel Demonstrator aims to increase the number of journeys made by bike or on foot in the city.
Find out more at http://open.glasgow.gov.uk/ follow the projects on twitter @openglasgow


This case study was published in May 2014.



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