Want to know the background behind Connecting Cambridgeshire’s Smart programme? Watch the short film above and read the Smart Cambridge 2019-2020 guide here.

The Smart programme has been exploring how data, emerging technology and digital connectivity can be used to transform the way people live, work and travel in the Greater Cambridge area and beyond.

This dynamic programme is harnessing the latest technologies to improve the economic strength and sustainability of the area.

Local councils, technology businesses, university researchers and partner organisations are working together to find smart ways to tackle city challenges, such as transport and air quality.

The work is supported by the Connecting Cambridgeshire partnership programme, hosted by Cambridgeshire County Council, which is improving the county’s digital infrastructure with better broadband, free public Wifi and wider mobile coverage- bringing opportunities for more flexible working and less traffic congestion.

With continuing investment from the Greater Cambridge Partnership and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, the Smart programme is focused on maximising the impact of transport-related work and ensuring that the benefits of smart solutions are realised by new and existing communities across the region. This is being achieved through:

  • Better quantity, quality and use of data
  • Embedding digital solutions and emerging technology
  • Collaboration with business, community and academic sectors

We have a unique opportunity to combine the brainpower and business might of Greater Cambridge to drive success – not just for our region but for the UK economy.

What makes a smart city?

Digital technology underpins almost every aspect of modern living across work, travel, leisure and health. Smart cities technology builds on this, using digital connectivity and data in innovative ways to address city challenges in three key areas:

Transport: making it easier for residents to use more sustainable transport and reducing congestion.

Environment: supporting the better management of our water, energy and air quality.

Smart living: improving the quality of life for communities in and around the city.

Smart Cambridge aims to ensure that Greater Cambridge is a ‘smart city region’ by providing the infrastructure needed to collect and analyse data that can be used to develop innovative solutions to some of the area’s challenges.

What’s next?

The Smart programme is paving the way for ground-breaking research to support the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP) aims to improve the transport infrastructure in and around the city.

As agreed at the GCP Executive Board in December 2020, the wider work of the programme will cover the following items over the next four years:

  • Better travel and transport information for journeys and supporting the development of travel hubs
  • Smarter signalling
  • Embedding smart solutionsinto new and existing communities
  • Future transport initiatives including driverless vehicles.
  • Measuring traveller behaviour change in response to new schemes

The programme is working with a wide range of cutting edge tech’ businesses and is keen to collaborate with anyone who can contribute.

Greater Cambridge Partnership includes: Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, University of Cambridge.

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