London has been given a £3m grant to help it carry out a number of high-tech initiatives including creating 3D maps of its utilities infrastructure and an automated inquiry system on road work projects, to help reduce congestion and air pollution in the city.
The funding has come from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and as part of its Future Cities Demonstrator funding programme, which saw Glasgow given £24m for a number of tech-related projects across the city.
Now, the TSB has revealed that three shortlisted cities will receive £3m to help realise their plans.
“Due to the outstanding quality of applications we’ve decided that Bristol, London and Peterborough as the other three short-listed proposals will receive grant funding of £3m each," wrote Future Cities Demonstrator manager David Altabev in a blog post announcing the funding.
"This funding will facilitate accelerated innovation into city systems by UK firms and help to establish the business value case so critical for implementation."
Bristol will use the funding for a ‘Citywide Living Lab’ that’s designed to bring together datasets from the council for businesses, especially SMEs, to create new citizen-centred tools around areas of mobility and healthcare.
Peterborough intends to us the funding for helping to grow the emerging eco-tech focused firms sprouting up in the city to help boost interactions between the firms, R&D institutions and funding agencies.
“As one of the privileged few who has read all of the cities feasibility studies, I am thrilled that we are able to support these cities in realising their ambitions of addressing critical city challenges through integration,” added Altabev.
The other shortlisted cities up for funding are being invited to Birmingham this week for more insights on how they could work together to address the common challenges they are facing as the UK looks to be a leader in the digital world.
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