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Aberdeen is a city in northeast Scotland. It is Scotland's third most populous city, one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom's 39th most populous built-up area, with an official population estimate of 196,670 for the city of Aberdeen and 227,560 for the local council area. In 2011, the Centre for Cities named Aberdeen as the best placed city for growth in Britain and figures released in 2016 ranked Aberdeen as having the second highest amount of patents processed per person in the UK.

Smart City Status: Through the Scottish Cities Alliance massive investments are being made to make Scotland’s cities smarter, using new technologies to accelerate and transform the delivery of city services. Aberdeen, the country’s “technological heart,” has the objective of Improving digital connectivity and will be the second spot in the UK to make the transition to “full fibre” broadband Internet. Diversifying local economy and becoming a low carbon and sustainable city are other goals of Aberdeen.

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Use Cases


Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan - Aberdeen

Aberdeen is undergoing a series of major transformative projects. Work is therefore underway to identify the measures required to ‘lock in’ the benefits of the new bypass and transform the urban core into a much more pleasant place to visit and spend time in.


Wayfinding Implementation

Enhanced wayfinding provision would assist in delivering economic benefits, such as those sought within the Regional Economic Strategy, by encouraging those on foot to explore, linger and engage with the city centre beyond the demands of their immediate schedule.



Demand Management - Transport

There are three Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) of which the city centre is of most concern due to a higher number of pollution exceedances. A Strategic Car Parking Review was undertaken during 2017 and 2018 which essentially formed a baseline of car parking in the city centre.


Freight Routeing & Mapping

Aberdeen city is unusual in the sense that it's port is in the very heart of the city centre. NESTRANS undertook an analysis of freight data, and consulted with freight companies, to better understand the routes being used in the city region.



Intelligent Street Lighting

This project is a key part of Aberdeen's digital transformation. The City COuncil has invested in a £9.7 million seven-year rolling programme of replacing the old inefficient and expensive street lighting with more efficient and cost-effective LED lighting.


New heating network

As part of the HeatNet North West Europe Interreg project, Aberdeen is completing a pilot project in Torry. An existing district heating network within this area currently serves three multi-storey blocks. The pilot will expand this existing network, linking in three municipal buildings.


City Network Extension

Aberdeen City Council invested £2million in the connection of 57 Aberdeen City Council schools, buildings and community centres through what is known as the City Region Deal Digital strand of work.




SCORE: Smart Cities + Open Data Re-Use

The aim of the SCORE project was to create open access to key watercourse and rainfall data across a number of sites in the city. With the increase in high intensity rainfall events Aberdeen needs to create greater resilience and adaption measures.


Open Data Portal

The aim is to make cities more attractive, liveable and resilient through data and digital technology - improving the cities for their citizens and making them more attractive to potential investors.


Big Belly Bins

The 'Big Belly Bins' are fitted with waste compactors which ensure they need emptied less often than standard designs. The innovative bins have proved to need emptying 7 times less than standard bin designs. They use wireless technology to alert authorities when they are full.



H2 Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council has undertaken, and is involved in, a number of hydrogen projects and we are very advanced in this new technology. This use case will discuss our hydrogen bus project and refuelling stations.


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