Newcastle cabinet to consider leading ‘smart city’ proposals

A new report to transform Newcastle into the UK’s leading ‘smart city’ will be considered by Newcastle City Council’s cabinet to make the city a leader in the digital world.

Considered one of the leading tech hubs in the country, the report sets out how the council can further their ambitions and become a pioneer for the use of digital technology. This includes plans to use technology to support the vulnerable in their homes, solve parking problems in the city, manage the city’s traffic to ease congestion, improve air quality and transform council services through the use of sensors and data.

Joyce McCarty, deputy leader of Newcastle City Council said: “Newcastle is a city that faces forward, embracing change. For us, technology is all about possibilities. Our plans will pave the way for Newcastle to be a pioneering city and accelerate our digital revolution.

“We have strong foundations in place – with our national reputation as the leading destination for the digital sector, the partnership with Cisco to have the UK’s smartest street, as well as developing talent within this field with our outstanding educational and research facilities. But I believe there is more we can do to go further, faster and more dynamically which is why I am seeking a technological partnership with an organisation to help us put these ambitions into actions.”

The cabinet are due to make a decision on the proposals on 16 July.

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