Newcastle to lead the digital revolution

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New improved technology will ease congestion and improve traffic flow

Proposals to transform Newcastle into the UK’s leading ‘smart city’ could be given the green light at Cabinet on Monday 16 July.

The report sets out ambitious plans for Newcastle to build on its successes and become a major player in the digital world.

Newcastle has a long-standing reputation as being one of the leading tech hubs in the country and the reports sets out how the council can further their ambitions and become a pioneer for the use of digital technology.

Cllr Joyce McCarty, deputy leader of Newcastle City Council said: “Newcastle is a city that faces forward, embracing change. For us, technology is all about possibilities.

“Our plans will pave the way for Newcastle to be a pioneering city and accelerate our digital revolution.

“We have strong foundations in place – with our national reputation as the leading destination for the digital sector, the partnership with Cisco to have the UK’s smartest street, as well as developing talent within this field with our outstanding educational and research facilities.

“But I believe there is more we can do to go further, faster and more dynamically which is why I am seeking a technological partnership with an organisation to help us put these ambitions into actions.”

The council aim to further their technology capabilities to improve the life of citizens and business. They plan to use smart technology can help support the vulnerable in their homes, solve parking problems in the city, manage the city’s traffic to ease congestion, improve air quality as well as transform and improve council services through the use of sensors and data.

With the right digital infrastructure in place, the city would draw even more start-ups and business opportunities to further grow the city’s economy.

Within the city council, the use of technology is being harnessed to help the council make savings and improve efficiency and responsiveness of council services.

Cllr McCarty added: “Our passion for a digital revolution is driven by all we know it can deliver.

“That’s why we to be leaders in this. To ensure that our brave new world of data and innovation puts people first.”

If approved, the council will look to secure a technological partner in Autumn and continue to build on the infrastructure required to improve connectivity and sensor capabilities.

You can read the report here