Glasgow is integrating multiple city services on a common platform, and gathering new data to help empower its citizens to improve the city.

The challenge for Glasgow

Objectives include reducing energy costs, increasing road safety and promoting cycling to help drive health benefits. In order to achieve those objectives there are some key best-practices that should be adopted:

Promote open data

Social media connects city leaders to its citizens more than ever. Many cities are looking to share data sets from across the city with individuals, businesses and research facilities to help improve quality of life and foster innovation.

Encourage developers

It is hard to predict what the ‘killer apps’ of the smart city will be. Cities’ success will require building an ecosystem of developers leveraging open standards and nurturing their ability to innovate.

Use one network canopy for several applications

Bringing data from many devices onto a common platform enables new approaches in distributed intelligence and real time analytics.

The solution

Open data platform – bringing together a growing collection of data streams from more than 60 different organisations into a central data warehouse. We are streaming lighting, traffic, noise and air quality data to the city’s Open Data platform. Developers can use this data to build new solutions to address city challenges.

Adaptive lighting – while monitoring vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic, the street lights are programmed to automatically brighten and dim, depending on ambient light levels, as well as how many people are in a given area.

Standards-based ipv6 network – increasing ROI with multiple applications, including smart street lights and traffic control, on the same network.


Bristol is building a platform for the development of Smart City applications that will promote innovation and deliver a better quality of life. It is partnering with Bristol University to promote Bristol Is Open (BIO) — an effort to deploy and trial a citywide Smart City network. BIO is encouraging local entrepreneurs to connect new sensors and devices to a common network, and to prepare for commercialisation globally.

The challenge for Bristol

To champion the breakdown of council silos.

City departments responsible for services such as lighting, traffic or transportation are often siloed with no mechanism for cross-department collaboration. Creating a shared network infrastructure enables these groups to leverage resources to increase efficiency, reduce cost and provide better services.

To demonstrate benefits.

Connect existing city assets such as street lights, distributed sensors and other critical infrastructure to rapidly demonstrate the economic and energy benefits of intelligent street lighting. Once this is achieved, the existing network can be extended to other city services.

To empower local businesses.

Create an environment that promotes and enables innovation so local businesses can become leaders in Smart City technology, improve city services, build a green economy and create jobs.

The Smart City solution

Multi-application ipv6-based network – leveraging the same network canopy provided by our partner Silver Spring Networks, for applications such as parking meters, traffic light and congestion sensors, safety cameras, air quality sensors, weather sensors, public transportation sensors, remote personal healthcare monitors and acoustic detection.

Environmental sensors – gathering and accessing data from sensors across the city to enable the development of Internet of Everything productivity services for citizens.

Innovation catalyst – enabling entrepreneurs and academic institutions to leverage sensor data and insights for prototype new smart city applications and services.