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Bristol looks for digital partner for SMART City service development 

Matteo Natalucci Published 29 March 2018

£400k contract for supplier to lead and deliver South-West city’s SMART strategy and then ensure opportunities are taken from concept through to implementation


Bristol City Council is looking for a digital partner to lead, plan, prioritise, prototype and deliver the technical innovations that will form Bristol’s SMART services.

The services will cover all key areas, including security and surveillance, health systems, traffic and transport, energy, environment and waste.

The council wants to use technology and data to deliver innovation, savings and efficiencies ensuring a better use of assets and funding.

Bristol seeks to maintain and build on an efficient and SMART city operating framework for the future. The council has committed to building a leaner, more efficient service delivery for citizens, with an Operating Centre that is well prepared, resilient and optimised. Examples are effective traffic management and improved camera technology and predictive analytics that will improve crime prevention and protect public spaces.

The council expects supplier to lead and deliver a SMART City strategy, working to rapidly establish priorities and then ensure SMART city opportunities are taken from concept through to implementation. Also, commercial strategies should ensure that Bristol's fibre network, Operations Centre, relevant assets and infrastructure are fully utilised in an efficient way to ensure best use of technology, capacity, people and processes.

Phase 1 has already been completed and now the council wants to develop Phase 2 by February 2019. The authority has already built a multi-functional operations centre and 
co-located the cities three control centres, and it has an IT platform that will allow other systems to be integrated and provide dashboards and analytics.

The council has already started to identify potential SMART City innovations that could benefit the city, such as telehealth and broadband initiatives. Urban traffic management will be the first integration.

Phase 2 will identify, prioritise, prototype, implement and scale SMART City innovations and increase the customers using the Operations Centre.

The expected contract length is 8-9 months, up to a maximum budget of £400,000.

The closing date for applications for the opportunity is April 5.



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