The word ‘smart’ is now part of the vocabulary for the public sector, related to the use of technology and data to provide a more cohesive infrastructure and delivery of services
In general, however, it is still an ambition rather than the reality for most: there are excellent examples of progress and good practice, but many local and regional authorities are still finding their way in how best to harness the technology and make use of data.
There are issues to address and learnings to share, as became clear in UKAuthority Smart Places and Communities 2022 conference, which brought together public sector pathfinders and representatives from the technology industry. The event outlined the challenges but also showed the case for optimism in approaching the smart agenda and realising smart benefits for the sector and its communities.
**DATE FOR YOUR DIARY**
Smart Places & Communities 2023 takes place on 22-24 June at 11:00-12:30 each morning via Teams Live. More details will be available here