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Glasgow about to become one of the UK’s first smart cities
Glasgow has just been granted the remarkable amount of £24m (almost €28m) by the UK government to become one of the first smart cities in the country. This Covenant of Mayors Signatory was selected among 30 candidate-cities which all submitted feasibility studies last November.

What does becoming a UK ‘smart city’ mean ?

Glasgow will work to offer its citizens a better quality of life thanks to information technologies. The city will notably seek to improve services like security, transport, energy and health. For instance, the city council plans to develop real-time information about traffic, applications to check buses and train punctuality, to report potholes or a missing bin collection. The ‘smart’ city will also fight fuel poverty thanks to new gas and electricity delivery process. Weather conditions and energy levels will be monitored. Energy will be stored when demand is low and used when demand is higher.

"This is a huge boost to Glasgow’s ambitions to build a better future for our city and its people”, said Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council.

"By linking everything from foot and vehicle traffic to council tax collection and hospital waiting lists we can ensure we are being as innovative and smart to meet the continued challenges of a modern and future city life."

All data collected in the project - including the feasibility studies - will be made publicly available.

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