London and Bristol are the United Kingdom’s Leading Smart Cities

The most successful smart cities focus on five key themes

May 26, 2016

A new white paper from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 10 leading smart cities in the United Kingdom, highlighting each city’s approaches, key projects, and overall readiness to develop their smart city visions.

In the United Kingdom, a number of cities have become significant proponents of smart city concepts, and many more are now seeking to develop their own smart city plans. Ten cities in this region stand out for the breadth and depth of their smart city strategy and specific programs in areas such as digital innovation, social care, urban mobility, energy, education, and sustainability. Click to tweet: According to a new white paper from @NavigantRSRCH, London and Bristol are the United Kingdom’s leading smart cities.

“London and Bristol stand out from the crowd for combining technical innovation with a broader strategy for city development, but there are a number of cities close behind them with strong smart city programs,” says Eric Woods, research director with Navigant Research. “The message from our research is that more city leaders need to embed the idea of smart capabilities into their urban projects. Cities and central government also need to work together to ensure successful pilot projects are turned into scalable projects that benefit all citizens.”

According to the white paper, the most successful smart cities share five common characteristics: strong leadership and vision; a focus on local priorities and strengths; engagement with local communities; a network of local partnerships; and an understanding of the impact of the data revolution on city services.

The white paper, UK Smart Cities Index, was commissioned by Huawei UK, and evaluates the UK smart city market, with a focus on two dimensions: Strategy and Execution. The Strategy dimension assesses each city’s vision, goals, and objectives as they relate to its smart city program. The Execution dimension assesses the city’s actual achievements from initial projects to full-blown deployment of innovative technologies and services. Cities are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing an objective assessment of the relative strengths and weaknesses of their smart city programs. The white paper is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, UK Smart Cities Index, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.