Bristol wins global Smart City Award

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Bristol beat off stiff competition from Barcelona, Dubai, New York, Singapore and Yinchuan to win the Smart City Award at the GSMA’s 2018 Global Mobile Awards.

The award provides global recognition on how Bristol has raised the bar on defining the ‘smart city’ of the future.

The GLOMOs, regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the mobile industry, recognise and celebrate all contributions made to the evolving and developing mobile industry.

The award winners were announced at the international mobile industry’s largest gathering – the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month.

The judges, when announcing Bristol as the winner of the Smart City Award, highlighted Bristol Is Open, a joint venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council.

Bristol Is Open integrates three networks through software defined control: fibre in the ground; a wireless het-net along the Brunel Mile area of Bristol with wi-fi, 3G, and 4G; and a radio frequency mesh network deployed on 2,000 of the city’s lamp posts.

This is complemented by cutting-edge 5G research carried out by the University, which is delivering the UK’s first 5G urban deployment.

The judges also recognised the smart city Operations Centre, which opened last October and brings together and integrates the council’s emergency control centre, traffic control centre and community safety (CCTV) control rooms for the first time.

The centre, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, also provides Telecare, Alarm and Security monitoring for residents as well as Lone worker support for council staff.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “This latest accolade reflects the outstanding work of the University of Bristol, Bristol is Open and the council’s Operations Centre which are all integral to achieving the vision of making Bristol the best-connected city in the UK.

“The council is already experiencing the value of investing in ground-breaking technology and is committed to developing further smart city initiatives that can benefit residents and visitors to the city.”

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