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Smart Places & Communities 2022

Wednesday 22 June to Friday 24 June

Time: 11:00-12:45

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Low cost and next generation technologies are raising the ambition for smart cities, smart places and smart communities

Covid prompted rapid innovation to solve previously unconsidered challenges. From mapping footfall and traffic during lockdown to providing proximity alerts, video consultations and IoT health monitoring new ways of providing services were rapidly put into action.

All these innovations were embraced by local communities as people gained new digital skills and familiarity at pace.

With digitally smart communities and the smart infrastructures across place, what we can imagine for the future of public services?

Speakers and agenda: 

DAY 1 - Wednesday, 22 June

Host and moderator: Helen Olsen Bedford, UKAuthority

Dr Colin Birchenall, CTO, Digital Office for Scottish Local Government 

Scotland's Connected and Smart Places

Tim Kidd, Head of UK Public Sector, Hitachi Solutions,
Andrew Parsons, IoT Programme Manager, South London Partnership,
David Grasty, Corporate Head of Digital Strategy & Portfolio, Kingston Upon Thames Council
Linda Chandler, Smart City Lead Microsoft

Connecting a City. Delivering an IOT blueprint across South London

Join South London Partnership, Kingston and Sutton, Hitachi Solutions and Microsoft to understand how one of the largest IOT pilots in the UK will deliver a multi-purpose platform connecting five London boroughs. The data insights generated will enable real time intelligence and intervention to help residents live healthier lives, generate economic growth, shape polices and reduce council expenditure



Robert Goldsmith, GIS & Mapping Manager,Devon and Cornwall Police
Sumitra Appan, UK Public Sector Lead,  Precisely

Keeping communities safe with smart data and technology

Rob Goldsmith and Sumitra Appan explore how data and technology enable Devon and Cornwall Police to successfully collaborate with other public sector organisations and provide the best service to their communities. The police force uses comprehensive location intelligence capabilities to plan, monitor, and respond to incidents, events, and ongoing challenges such as pandemic recovery and the reduction of CO2 emissions. In this session you'll hear more about using data and technology to:

  • investigate criminal activity and anti social behaviour
  • organise responses to accidents disasters and other emergencies
  • plan for major events such as G7 summit
  • reduce planning and travel costs (green agenda)
Panel discussion All speakers

DAY 2 - Thursday, 23 June

Host and moderator: Helen Olsen Bedford, UKAuthority

Liz St Louis, Assistant Director of Smart Cities, Sunderland City Council 

Harnessing Digital Confidence 
Hear from Sunderland City Council about their public/private sector partnership, scaling the deployment of digital infrastructure and a raft of innovative use cases as they harness the digital confidence gained across communities throughout the pandemic

Jenny Nelson, Head of ICT & Digital Transformation, Newcastle City Council
Philip Maguire, Chief Executive Officer, Inakalum 

Importance of place based data in a smart city

Dr Johanne Parker, Information & Intelligence Manager, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Smarter Working with Information and Intelligence at Stockton on Tees Borough Council

A brief summary of how we have used low code software at Stockton on Tees Borough Council to transform how we work with information and make it available to our end users. Our highly accessible, automated, intelligence reports for a range of frontline service providers are enabling robust, current, evidence to be used on a daily basis to guide, shape and transform professional practice. Together, this is delivering improved outcomes for some of our most vulnerable service users and improving community safety across the borough

Chris Howarth, Local Government Sector Lead, Alteryx

Using Low-Code Analytics to Tackle Climate Change 

Alteryx’s low-code analytics platform is helping to tackle climate change and this brief talk will summarise outcome-based results in: decentralised energy projects; retrofitting; lowering transport carbon emissions; flood prevention; waste management and atmospheric CO2 sampling and forecasting

Panel discussion All speakers

DAY 3 - Friday, 24 June

Host and moderator: Helen Olsen Bedford, UKAuthority

Professor Julie McCann, Imperial College London 

Technologies that underpin Smart Places and their challenges

Julie McCann will discuss some of the IoT and sensor-based systems technologies and how they are used in smart spaces, she will discuss some of their technical challenges, where they can go wrong, and some of the solutions we've been looking at to overcome these problems

Phil Beecher, President & CEO, Wi-SUN Alliance

IoT network communications: No one size fits all

When it comes to their IoT needs, public sector bodies will need to look at various communications technologies and standards in order to future-proof their network infrastructure. Many public sector IoT initiatives start from a single project, such as smart street lighting with its well defined business case for energy and cost savings and citizen quality of life, but can evolve to other projects and applications, including smart parking, smart signage, and smart sensors for traffic and environmental monitoring. Phil Beecher will address these issues including use cases of how smart initiatives are driving change in the public sector

Aruj Haider, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer, Westminster City Council 


Nathan Pierce, Assistant Director for Digital Innovation and Delivery, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Panel discussion All speakers

Our event partners

Alteryx provides ‘Analytics for All’. The Alteryx Analytics Automation Platform delivers no-code & code-friendly, end-to-end automation of analytics, machine learning, and data science processes that accelerate digital transformation. Learn more..

One of Microsoft’s Strategic Gold Partners, Hitachi Solutions has built a strong reputation within Public Sector supporting organisations’ delivery of tactical operational projects to large scale transformation programmes and in recognition of this awarded Microsoft’s Public Sector Partner of the Year in 2019/2020. Our technical capability and wealth of deep sector knowledge has put us at the front of many ground-breaking projects never mores so than during the pandemic where our solutions are used by over 25 organisations, 5,000 users, supporting 5,000,000 residents and businesses across the UK. Our technical consultancy skills and expertise covers, Low code application development, Robotic Process Automation, Case Management Solutions & CRM, Data & Analytics, Financial management systems & HR, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. Learn more..

Precisely is the global leader in data integrity, providing accuracy, consistency, and context in data for 12,000 customers in more than 100 countries, including 99 of the Fortune 100. Precisely’s data integration, data quality, data governance, location intelligence, and data enrichment products power better business decisions to create better outcomes. Learn more..

In just four weeks, Inakalum surveyed Newcastle city centre area and produced 30,000 datapoints - all photographed, geotagged & categorised - including all street assets, public services & amenities, businesses, and places of interest. Our high resolution images will even allow you to read the writing on a manhole! We can export our data so you can use it on your GIS platform, or you can use our user-friendly map-based search engine which allows layering of datasets and viewing of the high-res images of each datapoint. Learn more.. 

This event is free to attend for the public sector and is CPD accredited. Please register using your public sector email – registrations from personal email addresses may be rejected.

Who should attend?

Suggested, but not limited to, Chief Information Officers, Heads of IT, Assistant and Chief Executives, Members, Heads of Digital and Digital Leaders, Heads of Smart Initiatives, Data Leaders, Transformation and Change, Customer Insight, Finance, Strategy and Corporate Services, Departmental Service Heads/Senior Managers.


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