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Catch up: Smart Places, Smart Cities 2021

Wednesday 23 June to Thursday 24 June

Smart Places, Smart Cities explored how can we build on the pandemic experience to make our cities and places smarter, more inclusive, and more responsive to the needs of our citizens and businesses

With thanks to our specialist partner Cisco for supporting this UKAuthority event

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Time stamps below the videos indicate the start of each presentation or discussion panel. There are also links to speaker slides where these are available

Session One - Wednesday, 23rd June
  • 02:47:  Future-proofing cities with smart technology - Nathan Pierce, Head of Smart London Team & Programme Director of Sharing Cities, Greater London Authority 
    Nathan Pierce presents key learnings from the six-year EU Horizon 2020 programme Sharing Cities, exploring smart technology through a recovery lens. He discusses how smart, low carbon infrastructure can help the green economy to grow, which in turn will help London to recover from the pandemic and respond to the climate crisis (Download slides
  • 20:35: GM Smart Places, enabling a Digital City Region - Jon Burt, Lead Enterprise Architect, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
    In February 2020, GMCA published the Greater Manchester Digital Blueprint, a three-year approach for meeting its ambitions as leading digital city-region, with five themes and two cross cutting enablers including the creation of a world class digital infrastructure. Jon Burt outlines its core features and the drive to work together more effectively (Download slides)
  • 37:57: Connected places evolution: Yesterday, today and tomorrow - 5 years of 'smart' cities - Stu Higgins, Head of Smart Cities and IoT, Cisco 
    It’s a perfect time to reflect on where we were, where we are and where we are going with connected places. Stu Higgins reflects on the rapidly changing landscape of smart places in the UK and how towns and cities across the country are looking to accelerate their efforts to deliver more connected communities and provide better services to everyone, no matter where they live or their current circumstances (Download slides)
  • 54:32: Our Smart City - Liz St Louis, Assistant Director of Smart Cities, Sunderland City Council 
    Hear about Sunderland's journey as they endeavour to deliver ubiquitous next generation connectivity and deliver use cases that make a transformational difference to residents and businesses within the city, leaving no one and nowhere behind (Download slides)
  • 1:08:55: Q&A / panel discussion
Session Two - Thursday, 24th June
  • 01:55: The use of technology and data to support post pandemic recovery - Dan Clarke, Strategy and Partnerships Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council
    Dan Clarke explores how data and technology will support Cambridgeshire in addressing some of the big challenges faced post pandemic. This includes responding to the challenge of getting the public back on public transport and the recovery of local economies (Download slides)
  • 20:01: The InnOvaTe Project - Andrew Parsons, IoT Programme Manager and Bradley Coupar, Social Worker and Smart Place Project Manager, South London Partnership
    Hear about South London Partnership’s project researching and piloting innovative ways to generate economic growth, support local businesses and help people live better, healthier lives. This includes easy to deploy, remote, unobtrusive activities of daily monitoring to provide carers with an early warning of  vulnerable residents becoming unwell, using IoT for social distancing and traffic Insights, and a real-time digital town hub engagement platform (Download slides)
  • 38:20: Virtual Bradford - Adrian Walker, T-Projects Manager, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Professor Andrew Wilson, Chair in Forensic & Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford
    An aspiration of the Metropolitan District Council and brought to fruition by the University of Bradford’s Visualising Heritage group, the free to use virtual model of Bradford provides accurate levels of detail of the built environment for various priority uses for the council, including urban/ civic planning; traffic management; support to the modelling of air quality, flood risk and noise pollution; contribute to disaster management planning; and to highlight the heritage of the city to enhance education, tourism and in fostering civic pride. Its use is only limited by your imagination! (Download slides)
  • 55:08: Q&A / panel discussion 
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