Newcastle Smart City Deal
Newcastle City Council tries to secure a deal in a bid to become the UK's leading smart city.
21:05 10 July 2018
Newcastle City Council has unveiled ambitious digital transformation plans with the aim to become the UK’s leading smart city. The proposals are expected to be approved by council chiefs next week.
Once approved, the next step is to secure a deal with a new “technological partner” that can provide innovative solutions to problems related to traffic, congestion and air quality, among others.
Coun Joyce McCarty, the council’s deputy leader, said: “Newcastle is a city that faces forward, embracing change. For us, technology is all about possibilities.
“Our plans will pave the way for Newcastle to be a pioneering city and accelerate our digital revolution.
“We have strong foundations in place – with our national reputation as the leading destination for the digital sector, the partnership with Cisco to have the UK’s smartest street, as well as developing talent within this field with our outstanding educational and research facilities.
“But I believe there is more we can do to go further, faster and more dynamically which is why I am seeking a technological partnership with an organisation to help us put these ambitions into actions.”