Smart city

The Golden Record: creating the Smart Council

05/04/2019

Richard Godfrey provides his insight into how councils can maximise the data at their disposal to create the golden record.

Making a ‘smart city’ even smarter

15/02/2019

Amos Meiri explores how a city currency platform can be used for the public good.

‘Smart buildings’ as service

20/12/2018

Mark Whitehead outlines a new report explaining what ‘smart buildings’ are – and how councils can pay for them.

Only a quarter of councils are implementing a smart city strategy

07/12/2018

Most local authorities are aware of the Smart City concept but there is a mixed picture on implementation says the latest survey from The MJ and BT.

Khan awards tech firms £15,000 to tackle London’s challenges

02/10/2018

The mayor of London has awarded £15,000 each to eight tech firms to help them develop solutions to the capital’s social and environmental problems.

Trust is paramount to the operation of smart cities

25/09/2018

Mike Pannell introduces the need to gain public trust for smart city applications and the issues of protecting the personal information.

Matching digital ambitions to community outcomes

26/07/2018

Scotland is working to an ambitious digital agenda in the public sector. To reach more sparsely populated areas with the same range and depth of services as urban areas, Scotland needs to make the most of its connections, and use them in smarter ways. Simon Haston reports.

Smart city tech for local challenges?

12/07/2018

How do local authorities take advantage of ‘smart-city’ technology in an affordable and realistic way? Miguel Lira and Amy Barker investigate.

The positives of pain-free parking - for drivers, councils and cities

30/04/2018

Anthony Eskinazi explains how the 'future' version of parking could be a reality in every city tomorrow.

Manchester’s CityVerve project

11/04/2018

Delegates at The MJ Future Forum North event heard about a city-wide Internet of Things innovation by BT and partners, which will transform the public realm. Professor John Davies explains the benefits for Manchester, as a testbed city.

Implementing road pricing systems

23/02/2018

Gary Thompson explains more about road pricing and its contribution to a 'smart' environment with the help of asset finance.

Smart cities held back by ‘lack of funding’

13/02/2018

Smart city programmes are held back by a lack of funding and visionary leadership, report says as London is named one of the top smart cities in the world.

Technology and the public sector 2018

15/01/2018

Jos Creese outlines some key technology trends councils should focus on in 2018.

Cardiff launches new smart parking app

08/11/2017

Cardiff has become the first council in Europe to launch a new smart parking system across its citywide road network.

Glasgow set to make £150m thanks to investment in digital infrastructure

07/11/2017

Scotland’s largest city is likely to ‘reap benefits’ worth £150m thanks to the millions the Government has invested into the city’s digital infrastructure and open data.

Preventing progress

19/09/2017

Ashley Bijster argues that outdated legislation has become a barrier to smarter urban living.

Combined authorities should adopt new tech to improve lives, report says

06/09/2017

New technology should be used to improve life in recently-devolved combined authorities, according to town planners.

BT and See.Sense light the way for safe cycling in Manchester

09/08/2017

BT has announced the launch of a new project with See.Sense to provide sensor-enabled and connected bike lights to up to 180 cyclists across Manchester as part of CityVerve, the UK’s smart city demonstrator.

The road to a smart city

08/08/2017

Paul Haddlesey sets out why local authorities should ensure street lighting infrastructure can adapt to future data input needs.

Connected everything – lamp posts, mousetraps, and even the brain

13/07/2017

Being connected and connecting almost anything were key themes of the recent BT Innovation Week, held at Adastral Park in June.

Essex trials first ‘smart’ streetlights

16/06/2017

'Smart’ streetlights have been installed in Essex offering the potential to monitor pollution, guide driverless vehicles, and create Wi-Fi hotspots.

The need for 'smart' waste collection

18/05/2017

Giles K Bailey and Stefano Mainero explore how new technologies can help transform the future of waste collection services.

What does 2017 hold for lighting?

20/03/2017

Tiz Gibson looks back at last year’s ‘trends’ in street lighting and outlines what lies ahead for many of the UK’s local authorities.

Shining a light on asset management

25/01/2017

A national upgrade of street lighting provides the perfect opportunity to improve asset management and help with the transition to smart cities, says Graham Cartledge.

Creating resilient cities

20/12/2016

Giles K Bailey and Stefano Mainero explore the challenges for UK cities in considering resiliency planning.

Watch: The journey to smarter cities

19/07/2016

Watch our recent webinar with Lucy Zodion exploring the solutions and obstacles to achieving smart cities across the UK.

The key to smart city success

13/07/2016

John Fox explains why local government needs top-down support for smart city delivery.

Councils not on track for smart city delivery, new research reveals

05/07/2016

Local authorities are falling behind when it comes to smart city delivery, according to new research.

The lamppost in the smart city

27/06/2016

John Fox explores what role street lighting will play in bringing the smart city concept to life in the future.

Peterborough scopes global smart cities award

27/06/2016

Peterborough City Council has won the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Global Public Sector Smart City Award.

What is a Smart City?

10/06/2016

Mark Cooper explains why it's near on impossible to provide a succinct definition of 'Smart City'

Free webinar: Is your council ready for the Smart City revolution?

06/06/2016

Join us for a free webinar as we unveil the findings of a new research paper and consider the solutions to achieve connected smart cities across the UK.

London and Bristol crowned top 'smart cities'

17/05/2016

London and Bristol have been named the UK's top 'smart cities' in a new Index.

Why SMEs are key to shaping our cities for the future

08/03/2016

Will Pryke explains why SMEs are key to shaping our cities for the future.

Manchester scopes £10m to become 'smart city'

03/12/2015

Talking bus stops and sensors in parks to encoruage people to do more excerise will soon be seen throughout Manchester thanks to £10m grant.

Highways jobs

Head of Audit and Governance

Tamworth Borough Council
Up to £49k + £5000 shared service allowance
Looking for people who are excellent communicators, are adventurous and who are inspired by our values... Tamworth, Staffordshire
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Divisional Manager – Revenues, Benefits & Customer services

Chichester District Council
£51,354 to £55,167
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Senior Team Leader

Redbridge London Borough Council
£35,992 to £38,994 per annum inclusive
Looking for individuals with initiative, evidence of experience in managing a street cleansing service and motivating... Redbridge, London (Greater)
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Residential Keyworker

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£19,156 per annum
This is an exciting time to join the school. In our recent OFSTED of the residential department. London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Commissioning Manager

Camden London Borough Council
£40,829 - £47,360 per annum
Looking for an ambitious person who can communicate well and understands how to analyse and translate qualitative and... Camden, London (Greater)
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Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The March issue of Local Government News explores alternative funding channels that are available to councils beyond the Public Works Loan Board, what hurdles merging councils face in coming together, and how local government is handling GDPR.

This issue also has a special highways and street lighting section exploring how councils can use lighting to embark on their smart city journey and using IoT technology to weather the storm.

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