Glasgow leverage data to improve city services


  • Client: Glasgow City Council
  • Application: Intelligent street lighting, Traffic control, Environmental sensors


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.