Want to know what Smart Cambridge is about? Watch the short film above and read the Smart Cambridge 2019-2020 guide here.

Smart Cambridge is 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 rapidly evolving 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, led by Cambridgeshire County Council, which is improving the county’s digital infrastructure with better broadband, free public WiFi and wider mobile coverage.

With investment from the Greater Cambridge Partnership and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the Smart Cambridge programme is being scaled up from 2017-2020, to focus on maximising the impact of transport-related work through:

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

The pioneering research is managed through Connecting Cambridgeshire and is overseen by a Project Board and an Advisory Group to steer the work and give technical guidance.

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 four key areas:

Transport: making travel easier, reducing congestion, and exploring intelligent mobility

Environment: managing our water, energy, air quality and waste

Healthcare: catering for an ageing population and providing public health

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?

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

Over the next three years, the wider work of the programme will cover:

  • Better travel and transport information for journeys
  • Easier payment options including integrated ticketing and online payments
  • Smarter signalling
  • Monitoring of air quality
  • Future transport initiatives including driverless vehicles.

The Smart Cambridge 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.