CBR travels the UK to find the five smartest cities across the land.
The UK is rapidly becoming one of the ‘smartest’ nations on Earth, with dozens of initiatives, projects, roll outs and investigations being carried out all around the country.
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills, expects the country’s smart cities value to reach $40bn by 2020 (10% of the global value).
CBR lists the top five UK smart cities according to Huawei’s UK Smart City Index.
1. London, England
The capital is home to the largest amount of technology companies in the country and as a result a lot of the roll outs and attention around the smart city has been directed towards London.
Over the last two years, the capital has seen the establishment of initiatives like the Smart London Board and a Smart London Plan has also been published to advance adoption of better urban technologies. The London Datastore has also placed London at the forefront of smart city data mining.
Across London, there are several smart lighting systems in use, smart rubbish bins (especially in the City of London).
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is also a key piece in the ‘smart London’ landscape, with the first driverless car trials starting in 2016.