CBR travels the UK to find the five smartest cities across the land.
2. Bristol, England
Similarly to London, Bristol has also built from the ground up smart city initiatives to foster technology adoption. The most important one is Bristol Futures, which oversees the whole smart city strategy for the South West English city.
Under Bristol Futures, backed by the city’s Mayor, to important initiatives have been launched. The Bristol is Open project and Green Bristol.
Bristol is Open, for example, is using technologies like fibre, Wi-Fi and radio frequency mesh networks based on city lampposts to improve connectivity for smart solutions.
Bristol Data Dome has also been set up in the local planetarium to create a stereo 3D hemispherical screen with 4K resolution. It is connected to a high performance computer at the University of Bristol via the fibre optic network and will be used for a range of public and private sector projects, including the use of data visualisation to support complex city planning and investment processes.