Commenting on the news that Birmingham City Council has been named as one of thirty councils in the running for £24million of Technology Strategy Board funding, Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart city, said:
“There is so much we can do to tie up various things that we do as a city so they work together for the benefit of all, and I am sure our final bid will be a strong one, with a compelling argument for Birmingham to receive the Technology Strategy Board funding.
“You only need to look at three areas such as transport, health and employment - the potential linkages for cross-over here in the city are huge.
“We already use intelligent and 'networked' street lamps, sensors on roads to monitor traffic flows, integrating our transport systems, and fitting homes with energy saving measures.
“These individual projects and initiatives have the potential to enhance our mobility, safety and wellbeing – as well as create a entrepreneurial marketplace for innovation, applications and new services to be delivered by Birmingham businesses.
“If there is a way to join these things up in a logical manner, the benefits for citizens will be wide ranging. This is just one example. There are many other ways this can be done, and the Smart Commission will do all it can to secure the funding.”