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Bristol has won the Smart City Award at the GSMA’s 2018 Global Mobile Awards in recognition for the city being seen as a leading smart city of the future.
Beating other cities such as Barcelona, Dubai, New York, Singapore and Yinchuan, the judges highlighted Bristol Is Open, a joint venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, as a key part of the success for integrating three networks complemented by cutting-edge 5G research, delivering the UK’s first 5G urban deployment.
The judges also recognised the smart city Operations Centre, which opened last October and brings together and integrates the council’s emergency control centre, traffic control centre and community safety (CCTV) control rooms for the first time. The centre, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, also provides Telecare, Alarm and Security monitoring for residents as well as Lone worker support for council staff.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “This latest accolade reflects the importance of the smart city infrastructure we’ve put in place and although there is more work to do, it means Bristol is in a good position to be the best connected city in the UK. The council is already experiencing the value of investing in ground-breaking technology and together with partners is committed to developing further smart city initiatives that can benefit all residents and visitors to Bristol.”