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26 . Glasgow Business March/April 2013


CITY OF THE FUTURE


Glasgow to use £24 million award to show how services, safety and energy use might be improved in the future


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lasgow has won major UK government funding to enable it to become a city of the future. It will use the £24 million award


from the Technology Strategy Board to show how a city of the future might work. Te Future Cities Demonstrator Project will


use technology to allow those who live, work and visit Glasgow to get about the city more easily, to get beter use out of its services and to improve safety and energy use. Te improved services will include real


time information about traffic flows and technology applications to check that buses and trains are on time. Glasgow City Council will also create an app


for reporting issues such as missing rubbish collections and potholes in the road. Future developments will also include the


Council linking the CCTV cameras across the city to the traffic management system to allow quicker reporting of traffic accidents. Technology will be used to link cameras to


new soſtware systems that will allow beter monitoring of and prevention of crime. It will also monitor footfall and retail demand


to see which parts of Glasgow are doing well and also which areas need more support from the city as well as allowing the public to plan a shopping outing by judging where is busiest or quietest in the city. Glasgow beat off the challenge of 30 other


cities to win this prestigious award. Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow


Chamber of Commerce, said: “Tis really is a major win for Glasgow. Te size of the award – £24 million – will mean that the city can take significant strides forward in using technology to benefit business, the economy and the quality of lives of its citizens.” Te grant was awarded by the Technology


Strategy Board, a body set up by the UK Government in 2007 to stimulate technology- enabled innovation. David Willets, the Universities and Science Minister, said when the award was announced in


Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council with David Willets MP, Minister for Universities and Science


“We are in a global race and Glasgow can


keep the UK at the forefront of innovative technology ideas. “From transport systems to energy use and


health, this demonstrator will play a key part in the government’s industrial strategy and give real insight into how our cities can be shaped in the future,” he added. Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of


Glasgow City Council, added: “Tis is a huge boost to Glasgow’s ambitions to build a beter future for our city and its people. “Tis investment and the work we will be


doing will put us at the forefront of innovative and smart cities not just in the UK but in Europe and beyond. “Tis will help us to create a more efficient


and a more sustainable city which can adapt and move ahead of the technology of the day and make it work for everyone who lives or works in Glasgow. “By linking everything from foot and vehicle


traffic to council tax collection and hospital waiting lists, we can ensure we are being innovative and smart to meet the continued challenges of a modern and future city life.” Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the


David Willets


“We are in a global race and Glasgow can keep the UK at the forefront of innovative technology ideas.“


Glasgow: “With more people than ever before living in our cities, we need to be able to provide people with a beter quality of life and a thriving economy. “Tis £24 million investment will make


Glasgow a city of tomorrow, demonstrating how cities can work more efficiently with a reduced environmental impact.


University of Strathclyde, said: “Te University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre will host the revolutionary City Observatory. “Tis will allow academic, business and


industry researchers to analyse more than 200 information feeds about Glasgow – its health, economy, transport, energy use – to map the relationships between them and to understand how a 21st century city operates. “Te understanding that the City


Observatory gives us will form the basis of the new ways of developing our cities to tackle the grand challenges of the 21st century. “Trough our city’s world-class research and


innovation base, coupled with the great ambitions the city is showing, we can make a disproportionately positive impact on our citizens’ lives and opportunities, our economic growth and our international reputation.”


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