Public services in connected cities
Connected cities are on the rise as the mobile digital revolution and the proliferation of IoT-connected devices offers citizens new ways to interact with their environment. By analysing big data generated by connected devices and sensors, local authorities are able to offer better, more efficient services to residents.
Coming out on top
Topping Navigant Consulting’s UK Smart Cities list in 2017 was Bristol. Through its ‘Bristol is Open’ initiative, the city offers innovators a live city-wide testbed to develop disruptive solutions to city challenges.
To date these have ranged from safety and environmental initiatives to congestion management and social inclusion projects. The diversity of the issues tackled through smart city technology is an indication of the potential of connected public services to improve residents’ lives.
This potential has prompted central government to establish the Smart Cities Agenda, through which it will co-ordinate, fund and regulate smart city projects to make public services smarter.
Connected parking and permit management
One public service that can be improved through the use of big data and connectivity is city parking. In most UK cities demand for parking far outstrips supply. This presents authorities with the challenge of balancing the needs of visitors with those of residents so that parking is available when needed at a fair price.
Chipside’s connected parking and permitting services use Oppidatim to generate insightful big data to solve these challenges. It helps local authorities combine large datasets - such as analysis of traffic flows - with real-time on-street parking demand. This can enable the setting of demand-led parking tariffs and inform decisions around traffic management policies, the building of new parking facilities and the development of new resident parking schemes.
Connected permit management also allows residents and businesses to use cashless and virtual payment systems such as MiPermit to pay for parking via mobile, telephone or over the internet. Data from this system is then seamlessly supplied to enforcement teams to ensure accurate operations.
Connected public services in smart cities have the potential to dramatically improve residents’ quality of life. From parking to safety, pollution to social inclusion, by collecting, sharing and analysing big data, cities can ensure they are fit for the future.
Learn more about Chipside’s Oppidatim here.