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Smart Cambridge supports transport plans

The Greater Cambridge City Deal Board have approved  plans to use  technology to  help improve transport options – including investigating integrated ticketing, online ticket purchase and the feasibility of driverless vehicles – as part of the Smart Cambridge programme.

The proposals will support City Deal objectives by encouraging more people to use sustainable transport for door-to-door journeys and helping to reduce congestion.

The proposals aim to support City Deal objectives by encouraging more people to use sustainable transport for door-to-door journeys therefore cutting congestion.

In 2017, Smart Cambridge will launch a free mobile app (also available online) to give real time information to bus and other transport users to make travelling easier and encourage non-car travel.

Work is already underway to improve the real-time information at bus stops in Greater Cambridge by using the GPS trackers on buses, blue-tooth technologies to count traffic and monitor congestion, and sensors to capture data on air quality.

Find more about innovation to support the Greater Cambridge City Deal

Smart Cambridge Guide

A new Smart Cambridge guide explores how ‘smart city’ innovations can be used to transform the way people live, work and travel in the Greater Cambridge area and beyond.

The Smart Cambridge programme, set up by the Greater Cambridge City Deal, has begun setting out what a ‘smart city’ looks like – using data and emerging technology to tackle city challenges, and strengthen the local economy.

Available here, the booklet uses clear infographics to explain how smart Greater Cambridge already is, and the next steps towards developing a smart city IT network and data hub over the next two years, with scope for myriad smart applications.

Run through the Connecting Cambridgeshire partnership, the programme is working with Cambridge’s world-leading technology businesses, university researchers and commercial partners to ‘test bed’ the latest smart solutions.

Smart Cambridge will also involve citizens using #hackathons and digital connectivity to find creative ways to help to reduce congestion, improve air quality and deliver health care.

Smart Cambridge – who’s involved?

Smart Cambridge is an exciting partnership of local authorities, business, research and academic communities.

The programme is overseen by a Programme Board and an Advisory Group to steer the work and give technical guidance.

Smart Cambridge works with a wide range of cutting edge technology businesses and is keen to collaborate with anyone who can contribute to the programme.

Smart Cambridge Programme Board includes: Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, University of Cambridge and Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership.

Smart Cambridge Advisory Group includes:  ARM, Anglia Ruskin University, BT, Cambridge Network, CCS, University of Cambridge Computing Laboratory,  Information Services and Engineering Departments, Cambridge Cleantech – Smart Cities SIG, Microsoft, Redgate, Thingful, TTP and others.

Smart Cambridge – Background

Cambridge needs to grow and there are currently plans for over 33,000 houses to be built over the next fifteen years which will see an additional 50,000 people move into Cambridge and the surrounding area. This growth presents an unprecedented challenge for Cambridge and there is an immediate need to address the pressures this will put on mobility, the Environment, Health and Social Care and the potential impacts on quality of life for residents.

Digital technology now underpins almost all aspects of modern living in every sphere across work, travel, leisure and health; and increasingly it impacts on the economic strength, sustainability and quality of life of all parts of the UK and beyond. Emerging “smart cities” technology which is set to have an even greater economic impact in future, builds on this to utilise digital connectivity, sensors and data in innovative ways to support: efficient resource management; environmental management, traffic congestion and other city management challenges and engage more directly with citizens.
The City Deal board at a meeting on the 4th of August approved the formal establishment of the Smart Cambridge workstream as part of the City Deal.

that the Smart Cambridge work should become part of the city deal and agreed a set of objectives for the next year, which are;
1. Generate an outline “smart architecture” blueprint which will facilitate the delivery of a testbed/demonstrator programme.

2. Establish and deliver an initial one year test bed/demonstrator programme of work packages which implement small scale “smart” solutions, with a focus on transport related opportunities.

3. Establish/ participate in a wider forum for collaboration with and information exchange between complementary work programmes (eg the Mobilising Local Energy Initiative – MILE) and other initiatives across the wider Cambridge research and development communities to develop and showcase the “smart” credentials and profile of the area.

4. Investigate government/EU and other funding and collaboration opportunities with other nearby cities, including Peterborough and Milton Keynes. Co-ordinate funding bids where possible to develop the Smarter Cambridgeshire programme in both the short and medium term.

5. Develop a longer term smart cities approach which reflects the level of ambition for Greater Cambridge. This will complement and influence the emerging City Deal programme to ensure that “smart” characteristics are incorporated within the overall approach to housing, transport and skills as part of the delivery of the City Deal.

The Smart Cambridge work will be overseen by the Governance structure of the City Deal. In addition we have set up an advisory board that will help steer our work and give technical guidance when needed. The members of this group include ARM, Redgate, Microsoft, BT, TTP, ARU and the University of Cambridge.