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Cities turning to tech to tackle tough challenges

Intelligent transport systems! Driverless cars! Mobility as a service! How can these and other such smart city technologies combined with a multi-disciplinary approach meet the needs of people and their communities when taking our cities forward? That was the question posed by the IET’s Swindon local network at a recent event staged in partnership with Constructing Excellence (Swindon and Wiltshire Club).

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London and Bristol crowned UK’s leading smart cities

UK Smart Cities Index identifies leaders, contenders and challengers at a launch event held at Savoy Place, with London and Bristol being crowned as Britain's leading "smart cities'.

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Technology will help us stay in our own homes in old age, say two thirds of the British public

Greater independence in later life is one of the key benefits of technology highlighted in ‘How Tech Savvy are We?’, a new report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The research behind the report found that 73% of people expect new technologies to play an important role in assisting older people in the future, while 65% anticipate future technologies will enable them to maintain independence when travelling.

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'Smart Cities – Time to involve the People' by the IET Future Cities working group, May 2016

Research undertaken by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has found that, despite considerable investment by the UK government, local authorities and businesses, there is a basic lack of awareness among the British public about what a smart city is, does, and its potential to improve citizens’ quality of life.


 

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Demonstrators inspire smarter growth

Government funding for the recently completed Future Cities Demonstrator programme is helping a number of cities, benefitting from the scheme, to unlock additional inward investment, better shape and deliver services and engage and empower local communities in new ways. These are just some of the conclusions flowing from a series of ‘cities learning’ events.


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Changing Populations