Sunderland, United Kingdom

Summary: Sunderland, the only UK city to reach the finals of the World Smart City Awards 2023 in Barcelona, highlighted its achievements on the global stage. Key components of Sunderland's smart urban development include IoT, data analytics, connectivity, urban mobility, energy efficiency, public services, smart governance and innovation hubs.

Embracing Innovation and Technology:

  • Sunderland focuses on measurable impacts on residents' lives.
  • A commitment to creating a blueprint for sustainable and responsive cities.
  • Integration of digital tech, connectivity, and data analytics to address urban challenges.

Key Components for 2024:

  • Internet of Things (IoT): embedding sensors for real-time data.
  • Data Analytics: informed decision-making and resource allocation.
  • Connectivity: expanding public Wi-Fi and 5G coverage.
  • Urban Mobility: intelligent traffic management and sustainable transportation.
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability: net zero ambitions through eco-friendly practices.
  • Public Services: improved accessibility and engagement through digital platforms.
  • Smart Governance: enhanced administrative processes and data-driven decisions.
  • Innovation Hubs: collaboration to drive economic growth and tech advancements.

Innovation through Collaboration:

  • A 20-year partnership between Sunderland City Council and Boldyn Networks.
  • Initiatives span various city services, from education to environmental services.
  • Integration of data sources for real-time city services improvement.
  • Building trust and civic pride at the community level.

Sunderland Open for Business:

  • Spearheading the creation of the UK's smartest city.
  • Advanced wireless technologies drive digital transformation.
  • The vision of a connected international city by 2035.

Source of information: https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/4g-and-5g/4g-and-5g/accelerating-success-sunderlands-smart-view-from-the-world-stage (Published 18 January 2024).