UK Smart Cities Index 2017

Assessment of Strategy and Execution for the UK’s Leading Smart Cities

Since the last UK Smart Cities Index report was published in 2016, a series of global and local political changes have been reshaping the political and economic landscape in ways yet to be clear. This has only increased the focus on the role cities play in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the UK. In parallel, the momentum behind the development of smart or future cities continues to grow as UK cities look to exploit technology to address their challenges. This interest in technology is accompanied by programmes for innovation in governance and process that will embed innovation at the heart of city policy.

The commitment of UK cities to innovation and service improvement is reflected in the expansion of this report to cover 20 cities at various stages of maturity in the development of their smart city vision. The aim of the UK Smart Cities Index 2017, a white paper commissioned by Huawei, is to provide an assessment of smart city development in the UK through a comparison of the 20 leading smart cities. This evaluation highlights their strategies, key projects, and overall readiness to develop smart city visions. It also highlights lessons to be learnt from early adopters and areas where stakeholders need to act to accelerate smart city development in the UK.

This Navigant Research white paper evaluates the UK smart city market, with a focus on two dimensions: Strategy and Execution. The 20 cities were selected on the breadth and depth of their smart or future city strategy and specific programmes in areas such as digital innovation, social care, urban mobility, energy, education, and sustainability. The assessment also looks at the extent of their partnerships and collaboration with other agencies and the private sector. A detailed comparison was made of the top 20 cities to identify the current leaders and their closest challengers.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Which cities are the leading smart cities in the UK?
  • What are the key metrics used to evaluate the development of smart city programs?
  • How do the leading cities in the UK compare on the key metrics?
  • What are the lessons to be learnt from the leading smart cities?
  • What are the main challenges related to the further development of smart cities in the UK?
Who needs this report?
  • City leaders
  • Smart city program managers
  • IT, networking, and telecommunications vendors
  • Building equipment and appliance vendors
  • Smart transportation providers
  • Utilities
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Introduction

1.2   Emerging Trends

1.3   Background to the Report

1.3.1   Aims of This Study

1.3.2   Evaluation Method

1.3.3   Evaluation Criteria

1.4   The UK Smart Cities Index

1.4.1   Summary of Rankings

1.5   Insights for City Leaders

1.5.1   Lessons from the Leading Cities

1.5.2   Key Trends and New Approaches

1.6   Highlighting Innovation

1.6.1   Transport

1.6.2   Health

1.6.3   Education and Learning Cities

1.6.4   Energy

1.6.5   Public Safety and Resilience

1.6.6   Sustainability

1.6.7   IoT

1.6.8   Data and Analytics

1.6.9   Strategy

1.6.10   City Partners

1.7   The Evolving Role of Central Government

2. Developments in the UK Smart City Landscape

2.1   The Evolution of the Smart City

2.2   Smart Cities in the UK

2.3   Assessing the State of Smart Cities in the UK

2.3.1   Developments in Strategy and Leadership

2.3.2   Digital Innovation

2.3.3   Service Innovation

2.3.4   Sustainability

2.3.5   New Partnerships

2.4   Challenges and Barriers

2.4.1   Moving Beyond Pilots: Finance and Risk

2.4.2   Cultural Change

2.4.3   Improving Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing

2.4.4   Digital Infrastructure

2.4.5   Education and Understanding

3. Summary of the Assessment

3.1   The UK Smart Cities Index

3.2   City Rankings

3.2.1   The Leaders

3.2.2   The Contenders

3.2.3   The Challengers

3.2.4   The Followers

4. City Assessments

4.1   Leaders

4.1.1   Bristol

4.1.2   London

4.2   Contenders

4.2.1   Manchester

4.2.2   Birmingham

4.2.3   Leeds

4.2.4   Milton Keynes

4.2.5   Glasgow

4.2.6   Nottingham

4.2.7   Peterborough

4.2.8   Cambridge

4.2.9   Oxford

4.2.10   Aberdeen

4.2.11   Edinburgh

4.2.12   Newcastle

4.3   Challengers

4.3.1   Belfast

4.3.2   Sheffield

4.3.3   Reading

4.3.4   Liverpool

4.4   Followers

4.4.1   Cardiff

4.4.2   Exeter

4.5   Summary of City Scores

5. Scope of Study and Methodology

5.1   Aims of This Study

5.2   Evaluation Method

5.3   Evaluation Criteria

5.4   The Index Rankings

5.4.1   Leaders

5.4.2   Contenders

5.4.3   Challengers

5.4.4   Followers

5.5   Sources and Methodology

List of Charts and Figures

  • UK Smart Cities Index 2017
  • The Building Blocks for Smart City Programmes
  • City Scores on Strategy and Execution Criteria

List of Tables

  • Innovation Highlights 2017
  • The UK Smart Cities Index Overall Scores

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