Sheffield Will Become Smart City
Sheffield City Council reveals plans to create a digitised public highway network by spring.
19:30 25 February 2020
Sheffield will transform into one of UK’s newest smart cities starting this spring. The city council has recently revealed plans to create a digitised public highway network that will utilise thousands of individual wireless sensors communicating with the latest smart technology. The project will be in partnership with Amey, the city’s highways contractor, and Connexin, a smart city operator.
Under the scheme, Amey will use Connexin’s CityOS platform to integrate, view, manage and respond to information gathered through the use of Internet of Things (IoT) to improve highway maintenance services and revolutionise service delivery across Sheffield.
Cabinet member for Environment, Street Scene and Climate Change at Sheffield City Council, Councillor Mark Jones said: “This is very much about us working better and smarter towards a greener and cleaner future for Sheffield.
“By investing in this new initiative, our contractors will be undertaking fewer journeys, which in turn will result in a reduction in energy consumption, pollution and congestion, whilst ensuring our streets are kept clean and our bins are emptied using a more efficient and effective approach.
“Using technology in this pioneering way will help the Council in its efforts to tackle the climate crisis, whilst improving standards. Following installation, those who live and work in our city should see a positive impact in their neighbourhoods fairly quickly.
“Sheffield is an ambitious and proud city and where we lead, others will follow.”