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Following Osborne Clarke’s initial report “Smart cities in Europe: enabling innovation” published last January in collaboration with VB Research, the second report delves deeper in to some of the challenges in the development of smart cities. The report is based on a series of in-depth interviews with seven industry leaders in the smart cities sector to understand how new smart technology can be proven at scale. 13 July 2015Download PDF
Advocates of the Smart Cities movement argue that important advantages for cities can be secured through a digitally-enabled integration of their physical, social and other technological assets. At the same time, knowledge-oriented leadership approaches are influencing the design and delivery of urban policy innovations. University of Birmingham, Middlesex University London and Birmingham Business SchoolDownload PDF
The debate on Smart Buildings should be conducted in a positive context. There is little accrued benefit to users, developers or public administrators if a smart building is a construction isolated from the urban built environment.Download PDF
This paper explores the various ways ‘smart cities’ are being defined by the public sector, technology companies and other stakeholders and outlines how cities can use this agenda to the benefit of their economies. It also identifies the main barriers to growth of the Smart Technologies market and describes the Government’s approach towards supporting it. It argues that cities need to set out their own vision for how to become ‘smart’ and can best do so by integrating this agenda within their economic development strategies, adding that the barriers to growth of the smart technologies market cannot be overcome without joint working between national government, cities, businesses, users and other stakeholders.Download PDF
In this report, we discuss in detail the crucial topic of city finance and governance – significant issues for our policymakers at all levels of government to consider in order to realise the full potential of the UK economy.Download PDF
This report is a comprehensive analysis of what the mayors of the C40 megacities are doing to tackle climate change. The member cities of the C40 Climate Leadership Group represents 297m people, 18% of global GDP and 10% of carbon emissions. Collectively they have taken 4,734 actions to tackle climate change.Download PDF
The landmark research shows city authorities around the globe collaborating to tackle a wide range of climate change impacts. The research indicates that mayors and leaders from almost 60 cities worldwide have now taken more than 8,000 specific actions under the C40 banner to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost urban resilience.Download PDF
Focused on the relationship between the ecological age, climate change and smart cities.Download PDF
This was one of our first papers and focused on the long term vision regarding innovative technologies in cities, exploring concepts for Urban Informatics.Download PDF
Arup’s analysis for Innovate UK analysing the 29 UK Future Cities Demonstrator proposals.Download PDF
An examination of the role of consumer-generated data in the planning and design of our cities. A joint report by Arup and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).Download PDF
Rethinking green infrastructure – shows how the creation of a linked ‘city ecosystem’ that encompasses parks and open spaces; urban trees, streets, squares; woodland and waterways can help create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities.Download PDF
An in-depth look at how technology-enabled cities can meet the challenge of growing urbanisation.Download PDF
Imagine a city where you could see where resources are flowing in real time. Imagine a city where people can interact with their environment to better understand what’s important to them. Imagine a Sensing City with Smart Citizens…Download PDF
Our urban future demands innovation. Cities are at the front line in responding to global challenges of resource scarcity, climate change, unemployment, and ageing populations. While these are big challenges, they also present major new business and innovation opportunities. Urban innovation is happening and city development is changing course. Cities are using new technologies, new business and financial models and innovative design approaches to provide their citizens with a good quality of life within a thriving economy, and with a reduced environmental footprint. Download PDF
With an emphasis on maximising private sector job growth, this report explores what more the UK government can do to support the development of tech clusters in other parts of the country, and particularly in the North of England. All around the UK, cities from Bristol to Aberdeen and from Brighton to Newcastle are working to develop their own tech clusters. To date, none has received the same level of government attention as Tech City.Download PDF
Smart meters record energy and water usage and improve how this information is relayed to both consumer and suppliers. The Government plans to roll-out smart meters of electricity and gas to all households in Great Britain by the end of 2020. This POSTnote examines the potential benefits and risks associated with smart metering of both water and energy, and the challenges for the energy smart metering roll-out.Download PDF
Cities have always been places of opportunity and even more so now. Recent estimates say that 80% of global GDP is generated in cities. People are attracted to cities to find jobs, friends, culture and enjoy the excitements of urban life. The current megatrends of rapid urbanisation, climate change and resource depletion need to be acknowledged and understood by cities. Cities are starting to address the challenges of this new urban context. The C40, a network of 58 of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change, reports that its member cities have already taken 4,734 collective actions to address climate change and economic growth.Download PDF
In the past decade, the evolution and rapid uptake of information technology, sensing, big data and information-based products and services has shifted the way in which people live in cities. Smart phones make anytime anywhere access to information, services and communication a baseline expectation of many citizens, who have adapted almost seamlessly to this new way of living. Meanwhile technology vendors are espousing that ‘smart city technologies’ of increased sensing, information management and control could significantly improve the efficiency, quality and cost of providing city services. At the same time, while city governments make this transition to online service provision, they must ensure that those who do not have access to this technology are not left behind.Download PDF
A smart city is an efficient city, a liveable city, as well as an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable city. This vision can be realised today, using innovative operational and information technology, and leveraging meaningful and reliable real-time data generated by citizens and city infrastructure. However, an unprecedented scale of change is needed for cities to become more efficient, attractive, inclusive and competitive. This change will require a new paradigm, which looks at the fabric of cities in a totally new way. This, in turn, requires a breakthrough in how cities, businesses, citizens and academia think and work together.Download PDF
Running cities effectively is a complex enough task already. Why make it even harder by talking about smart cities? In Bristol the answer is simple, there is no choice. We need the capacity to respond to, and in some instances to lead, technological, environmental and societal changes that are happening right now so that we can shape a sustainable, healthy and prosperous future for Bristol and for cities in general. This requires an equal focus on the evidence, on the imagination, and of course on the people. Cities will only be truly smart when the benefits and opportunities they offer are accessible to everyone. If city authorities are not championing inclusive smart cities, then who else will?Download PDF
This report provides insight into the development of smart cities in Europe. Specifically, it focuses on how the challenges cities face in becoming ‘smart’ can be overcome. The findings are based on a survey of 300 senior executives from technology companies, investment funds, banks, consultancies and government officials. The survey was conducted in October and November 2014. Survey respondents were located in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and the UK. The report was written in collaboration with The Lawyer Research Service, a division of The Lawyer.Download PDF

Urban Informatics & Big Data

A Report to the ESRC Cities Expert Group.
This is an independent report that has been prepared and developed following the successful completion of the Australian Government’s $100 million Smart Grid, Smart City Program. This major government initiative was delivered by Ausgrid and its consortia partners for the purpose of supporting and informing the industry-led adoption of smart grid technologies in Australia. Australia’s electricity network and retail operators, for the most part, are currently able to fulfil their obligations to provide reliable, safe and secure and relatively affordable electricity to all types of consumers.Download PDF
Michael Batty and Andrew Hudson-Smith describe the wealth of tools available in urban design, with utilisaiton potential in smart cities design.Download PDF