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More data is available to policy-makers, businesses and individuals than ever before and it is having a profound impact on how firms and government deliver their services. It could also transform how both operate.
“Smart cities” may sound like a buzz-phrase, but across the UK—in places like Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol—local authorities are beginning to see data as what it is: another form of infrastructure. In the coming decades, creating efficient, well-planned cities will mean using physical and data infrastructure to their full potential.
This special report grew out of a series of high-level roundtable meetings over the summer which brought together government, private businesses and the third sector. The articles and essays look at how data is already being used to improve people’s lives and how it has the potential to do so much more. It focuses particularly on transport—an area which has already seen huge changes in ticketing practices and which will be further transformed by the arrival of autonomous vehicles in the future.
It’s very easy to have a vision of how “smart cities” should work in 2030. This report is about the practical steps we need to take now to get there.
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