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14.10.19

Hull City Council to deliver UK’s first purpose-built smart city OS

In partnership with leading Smart City operator providers, Hull City Council is set to become the first local authority in the UK to benefit from its own purpose-built Smart City Operating System (OS).

Seeking to build on the success of being crowned UK City of Culture 2017, Hull’s local authority have taken it upon themselves to revolutionise the city into the modern era – and high up on that agenda is the introduction of the Smart City OS.

The goal is that, by utilising an Internet of Things (IoT) foundation to its digital strategy, Hull will be able to become a programmable city; in essence, a city of the future. Essential council services will become better connected, while information can be centralised and analysed to promote a better quality of life for residents.

The ambitious plans will allow Hull City Council to add and connect new smart, sustainable technology solutions. The Smart City OS will integrate, view, manage and respond to information from a range of council services, sensors and systems, using a single intelligent dashboard.

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Information from current and future data producing deployments, such as smart lighting, parking, traffic, waste management and Wi-Fi deployments, are to be integrated into the “single pane of glass” software platform.

Councillor Daren Hale, deputy leader of Hull City Council, said: “Developing Hull as a Smart City will give us the opportunity to work with public and private sector partners to deliver real benefits to communities, businesses and visitors to Hull.

“The project will involve innovative technological solutions to enhance data-sharing and decision-making, which will help us to deliver more effective services, including everything from traffic management to health and social care.

“The system pulls together information that currently sits within separate council computer systems to enable city wide management of the city’s public assets in real time using state-of-the-art technology.

“As the project develops, it will create a demand for new digitally skilled workforce in the city.”

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