Tag: Smart City

Public wifi plan for council buildings

By on 30/10/2014 in Cllr Trickett, News with 0 Comments

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has today announced plans for a project that will see 1,000 public buildings across the UK given support to offer wifi to visitors and users. Here in Birmingham, the plans drawn up by the city council’s Digital Birmingham team could see more than 100 locations benefit from the […]

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Firms encouraged to claim £3,000 grant for faster internet

By on 26/09/2014 in Cllr Trickett, News with 0 Comments

Birmingham businesses have until March 2015 to apply for a Government grant worth up to £3,000 to start reaping the business benefits of faster broadband speeds and better connectivity. The scheme allows businesses to apply for grants of up to £3,000 each to cover the costs of installing faster and better broadband. Many businesses in […]

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Statement on web-ready businesses

By on 12/03/2014 in Cllr McKay, News with 0 Comments

The following is a response to a recent survey that claimed that 80 per cent of independent businesses in Birmingham were not equipped to offer customers the ability to purchase goods and services from their websites. Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said: “This report makes very interesting reading, […]

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Birmingham Young Coders – podcast

By on 24/01/2014 in News with 0 Comments

In the final of a series of podcasts on the Smart City agenda, Nicola Bryant of Digitial Birmingham talks about Birmingham Young Coders – the next generation of digital talent. The series of seven podcasts has covered a range of topics including free WiFi in the city centre, how the council is helping carers by […]

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Open Data in Birmingham – podcast

By on 15/01/2014 in News with 0 Comments

In the sixth of seven Smart City podcasts to be hosted on Birminghamnewsroom, the open data agenda is discussed by Heike Schuster-James of Digital Birmingham. Heike explores what is meant by “open data” and what the city council and other public bodies can do to make information freely available for the benefit of society as […]

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SMARTSPACES project – podcast

By on 08/01/2014 in News with 0 Comments

In the latest Smart City podcast to be hosted on Birminghamnewsroom, Nikki Spencer of Digital Birmingham discusses SMARTSPACES. The initiative was launched to help public bodies such as Birmingham City Council use technology to reduce energy bills. The decreased use of such natural resources will help the council meet its target to reduce carbon emissions by […]

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DISCOVER project – podcast

By on 31/12/2013 in News with 0 Comments

In the latest of an ongoing series of Smart City podcasts, Heike Schuster-James, Programme Manager at Digital Birmingham, talks about a project that aims to support the carers of older people in cities such as Birmingham. The DISCOVER project aims to improve the digital skills of cares, as well as giving them somewhere to obtain […]

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Digital Logbook – podcast

By on 27/12/2013 in News with 0 Comments

In the third of an ongoing series of Smart City podcasts on Birminghamnewsroom, Annette King, Digital Birmingham Programme Manager, discusses ‘Digital Logbooks’. The logbooks have been given to city council residents as part of a programme to ensure they can interact with the council in the most effective and efficient way possible. Previous podcasts in the […]

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Free city centre WiFi – podcast

By on 18/12/2013 in News with 0 Comments

In the latest of a series of Smart City podcasts on Birminghamnewsroom, Richard Williams, Digital Districts Programme Manager at Digital Birmingham, talks about the recently launched free WiFi service in Birmingham city centre. The project is the result of a partnership between Birmingham City Council and Virgin Media Business, which will also see 4G coverage […]

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Smart City vision – podcast

By on 11/12/2013 in News with 1 Comment

In the coming weeks, Birminghamnewsroom will be hosting a series of podcasts on the Smart City agenda, as part of the effort to inform citizens about the work the council is doing in this field. The podcasts, produced by members of the Digital Birmingham team within Birmingham City Council, will cover a number of topics including: – […]

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