- making it adaptable and knowledgeable about itself
- having the means to assign scarce resources in the most beneficial way
- creating a future-proof city that is attractive to citizens, business, visitors and investors alike
- enabling a culture of innovation and collaboration.
Work to Date
In 2012 the City set up a number of advisory bodies / Commissions to help address issues ranging from climate change, youth employment, social cohesion and inclusion, health to economic growth opportunities and the development of skills and enterprise. In line with this, the interim Smart City Commission was set up in
2012, which created the below vision that was published in January 2013 and the full document can be downloaded from the Digital Birmingham website.
It is important to note that the speed of change in the technology sector is considerable making it difficult to develop detailed plans beyond a 3-year horizon. However, where activities relate to infrastructure, organisational or behavioural change they may well span a 5-10 year outlook.
The Smart City Commission
The Smart City task and finish group recognised the high importance of local leadership and active involvement from strategic organisations that make up a city to be represented on the Commission. Working with local leaders and institutions will provide an opportunity to implement the far reaching vision and strategic
approach that will set the wheels in motion for its delivery.
The Commission therefore needs to:
- Be strategic and independent in its thinking with the ability to influence the strategic direction of the City and enable close cooperation of leaders and experts across key disciplines
- Provide strong leadership and citywide governance in order to establish a holistic and integrated approach to city wide planning for Birmingham and the wider Greater Birmingham and Solihull region
- Have the authority and accountability to ensure the delivery of the Smart City Roadmap and Action Plan, monitor its progress and promote its activities locally, nationally and internationally
- Be aware of and influence of the development of new standards essential to smart city operations for example in areas of interoperability, data, performance and commissioning
Aims of the Commission:
- Implement the Smart City vision and change how the future city operates
- Establish the leadership and governance structure for the future city
- Identify emerging challenges and strategic opportunities for the city and wider region
- Put in place the drivers and enablers that will provide opportunities for ICT advancement in the city
- Create the conditions for attracting and accelerating investment in the city
What the Commission will do:
- Endorse the roadmap and action plan and ensure they continue to evolve and reflect the need of the city, its citizens and businesses
- Review and advise on the best use of changing technologies, suitability of existing infrastructure and processes to maximise benefits for citizens and the economy
- Work with other commissions and create partnerships where appropriate to address synergies and ensure an integrated city approach
- Liaise, influence and advise on the delivery plans of own and other
- organisations to secure resources for the delivery of the roadmap and action plan and identify funding and investment opportunities
- Evaluate results and existing work undertaken in the field
The commission needs to include local representation from a range of fields (ICT, Health, Environment, Transport, Education, Skills, Economy) to facilitate an understanding of the societal issues in conjunction with technological advancement to deliver the future city vision. As this is an evolving topic, it is important that that a
number of external experts are included to ensure that the City benefits from the latest developments and opportunities.
In addition to the Birmingham Smart City Commission a wider stakeholder group (both internal to BCC and external) will be sought to ensure wider challenge and peer review around the city’s vision and priorities.
These terms of reference can all be downloads in the Smart City Commission Terms of Reference Draft PDF