Bradford & eight other European councils hope to reduce costs with IoT technology

Bradford & eight other European councils hope to reduce costs with IoT technology

Bradford Council is set to trial Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to reduce council costs by 10% and develop smart cities.

The Yorkshire council will develop and test smart city technologies alongside eight other European cities in a bid to reduce council costs.

The Smart City project collaborates with locations across Europe including Amsterdam, Aberdeen and Hamburg and is forecast to run over a five year period, looking for innovate ways to improve the efficiency of public service through IoT technology.

Bringing together a variety of different councils across European cities hopes to enable project leaders to learn from other councils and organisations to better their own systems and positively impact their individual councils.

Dr Dhaval Thakkar, a project partner from the University of Bradford, said: “The nine city partners are likely to have different IT infrastructure and level of preparedness for developing smart city solutions and generating open data.

We aim to conduct workshops and prepare a working document that summarises the best practices across different city partners, including our research into best practices elsewhere.”

Initially, the project will focus on twelve service areas including environment, parking and sustainable mobility although this is still to be confirmed. Each idea and services will then be tested in ‘living labs’.

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Thakkar said: “It is about providing a reliable and realistic-scale testing environment for IoT solutions developed by municipalities, universities and in many cases individual developers and companies.”

Bradford and nearby Councils hope to generate 10% worth of cost savings across their local areas and a 20% improvement in service quality. Once launched across the European cities, the smart technologies are expected to save around €50million if the project is successful.