26 February - 1 March 2018

Smart City Award (Judges Choice)

Bristol

The judges said – “An ambitious programme that has resulted so far in a strong IoT network test bed and a city operations centre that is beginning to make a real impact on broader city policy.”

Three networks are currently integrated through software controls: fibre in the ground, a wireless het-net along the Brunel Mile area of Bristol with Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, LTE, and 5G experiments, and a radio frequency mesh network deployed on 2,000 of the city’s lampposts.  Bristol’s Smart City Operations Centre opened in October 2017 following Phase 1 completion which brings together and integrates the council’s Emergency Control Centre, Traffic Control Centre and Community Safety (CCTV) Control Rooms for the first time along with other citizen service providers. In addition, the centre also provides services such as Telecare, Alarm and Security monitoring and Lone worker support with almost 60,000 welfare and telecare calls received every month. 
  
This focused, collaborative and future thinking approach was recognised when Bristol was named as No 1 in the UK Smart Cities Index, commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting.