Glasgow is now considered a city of the future. Two years ago, the city obtained a £24m funding of the UK government. The money was spent on technology. The grant was designed to transform the winning city into smarter, safer and more sustainable place.
As part of the project there was a scheme to share as much data as possible, allowing all city organizations to make better-informed decisions. Even though at the beginning there was reluctance in much of local government to disclose sensitive data, today people are more open to the opportunities that shared data can offer their own organizations and the city as a whole.
The project was not just rolling out hardware and software or putting in new infrastructure, but also the use of technology in new ways. Especially in the case of the data hub, this was world-leading.
The project has not only been a success, it has changed the city. Currently the city has intelligent streetlights, a network of sensors for measuring air pollution and weather conditions and high definition cameras, wireless connected to a central operations room.
Under the surface of the roads there are sensors operated by computers able to read and analyze the data, quicker than a person could, and adjust traffic lights to reduce bottlenecks. The city is now largely mapped for residents and visitors, with walking tours, cycle routes and different points of interest marked out on apps and websites.