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AGENDA: Smart Places 2020


Helen Olsen Bedford Publisher

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What progress is the UK making towards the development of Smart Places across our cities, rural areas and regions? What lessons can be learnt – and built on – from our COVID response?

With thanks to our Gold Partner Precisely for supporting this UKAuthority event

DAY 1 - Wednesday 22nd July, 11:00 to 12:30

Host and moderator: Helen Olsen Bedford, UKAuthority


Nathan Pierce, Head of Smart London Team & Programme Director of Sharing Cities, Greater London Authority
Smarter Cities Through Collaboration: Nathan will talk about five years on: Sharing Cities’ impact in London, Lisbon and Milan; green recovery and the transition to smarter energy systems; and commissioning smart technology at scale - London’s IoT framework.

Marc Evans, VP of Client Solutions - Confirm, Precisely
Smart City or Smart City?: We’ve all heard of smart city projects from around the globe, some successful, some not so. We’ve read the magazine articles, blogs and visited their booths, but what makes a city truly smart? In this presentation we’ll take a look at how to build a foundation from which to become smart. A foundation grounded in data, one which provides the intelligence needed to identify where smart technology will work and most importantly, provide real value.

Adam Jennison, ICT Principal Lead (Smart City), Hull City Council
Realising the potential of existing data & infrastructure to give meaningful insight: Adam will take a quick look at how Hull City Council is locating data in normally hidden in silo’s or dedicated systems, the simple (and not so simple) methods for extracting the data, how we’re processing some of it as well as the delivery of the data to create the insight that is required for decision makers and the public alike. 


Jenny Nelson, Digital Newcastle Programme Manager, Newcastle City Council
Newcastle: A smart city response to Covid-19: How Newcastle has taken a data driven and collaborative approach to Covid-19 response and recovery (including intelligent matching of support for 2500 residents through Citylife Line and promoting safe reopening of the city centre through

DAY 2 - Thursday 23rd July, 11:00 to 12:30  

Host and moderator: Helen Olsen Bedford, UKAuthority


Geoff Connell,Director of IMT & Chief Digital Officer, Norfolk County Council
Digital Connectivity and IoT Use Cases in a Smart Rural County: Geoff will talk about the IoT infrastructure that’s now available across Norfolk and the ever growing library of use cases that are live or in development.

Dan Clarke, Strategy and Partnerships Manager, Greater Cambridge Partnership
Smart Cambridge update: Dan will give an up-date on progress made since the 2019 smart place event and how the programme has responded to and been re-shaped by CV19.

Carol Valentine, Highways Project Manager Live Labs, Kent County Council
ADEPT Live Labs Project - Kent: The Live Lab - a two-year project, started in June 2019, will embed SMART infrastructure in everyday highways service delivery in a meaningful way that communities can engage with and understand. The presentation will outline the work done so far on the project and set out the objectives of this intelligence-led approach to highways asset management data utilising intelligent analysis, both through software automation and expert big data analytics.

Balazs Csuvar, Head of Delivery, DG Cities
Value in video footage for COVID recovery: Discussion about how video footage analysis can help with recovery after COVID-19. DG Cities is looking to undertake a project with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and technology partners to better understand where crowding usually happens to implement measures to counter it.


DAY 3 - Friday 24th July, 11:00 to 12:30 

Host and moderator: Helen Olsen Bedford, Publisher, UKAuthority


Ben Hawes, Associate, Connected Places Catapult
Smart places, new needs?: How the pandemic could change what we want and need from smart places.

David Stevenson, Housing Energy Officer, Renfrewshire Council
How Renfrewshire Council are using IOT to improve indoor environmental conditions within their homes: A look at how Renfrewshire Council’s Housing Investment Team are installing IOT connected sensors into their housing stock to help reduce maintenance costs and improve residents quality of life, by ensuring that they live in healthier, more energy efficient homes.

Mike Warr, Programme Manager, Essex + Herts Digital Innovation Zone
Adopting a partnership approach to digital innovation ‘in a place like ours’: The session will cover the background to the establishing of the DIZ, the reasons for our cross-border ‘place based’ partnership approach and the challenges and opportunities such an approach has brought with it. It will also look back at some of the achievements of the DIZ to date and its outputs and consider how the DIZ enabled the partnership to come together to share best practice around responding to COVID-19 and start to get a forward looking perspective of what might be coming down the line in terms of  the ‘new future’.

Andrew Waterworth Director EMEA - Confirm Precisely

Underpinning smart infrastructure with data


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