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We are delighted to host an interactive workshop looking at how local government can harness technology-driven infrastructure. Alongside data analytics and networks, these innovations can enable councils to shape the future of public services and better leverage the resources of people and places. This will contribute to a report due to be published next year in association with Engie, setting out a vision for smarter, integrated, and networked places. More information about this research can be found here.
Local authorities experience tremendous financial strain amidst rising demand pressures and expectations of service delivery. The increasing use of ‘smart’ capabilities provides an opportunity to confront this. Integrated service responses have the potential to achieve multiple outcomes and optimise the relationship between individuals and services. For example, ICT infrastructure tackling crime and traffic while creating a more attractive town centre, or energy-efficient-sensory technology in care homes which supports elderly people to live independently.
In this workshop, you will create a vision of the future with experts working in the field. Together you will explore the possibilities of smart solutions to solve the challenges facing your council. Questions we will consider include:
- What technologies and infrastructure can help councils adapt to new pressures and realise better outcomes?
- What is preventing councils from accessing and exploiting smart infrastructure?
- How can councils procure a smart place?
Refreshments and a light lunch will be served, providing a great opportunity for networking with peers.