Dr Colin Birchenall is the chief architect for the Glasgow Future Cities Demonstrator (a £24 million programme funded by Innovate UK) to showcase smart city principles and technologies at scale. Prior to joining the programme, Colin was responsible for developing the ICT strategy for Glasgow City Council and has provided technology advice and oversight across a range of major technology-enabled service reform programmes. Prior to this he spent ten years with various technical roles within the telecommunications industry, a career that started at the world-renowned Adastral Park.
Glasgow has launched a new world-leading Data Hub catapulting the city to the forefront of smart cities technology. Packed with almost 400 data sets from 60 organisations, the hub paints a living, breathing picture of life in the city. It gives citizens, businesses, communities and decision-makers open access to the latest information on everything from pass rates at different driving test centres, to the location of bike racks and footfall in retail areas.
Glasgow is also joining the Internet of Things by connecting its new intelligent street lights and traffic sensors to the City Data Hub which is part of the diverse £24million Future City Glasgow programme.
Glasgow City Council has pledged to make all of its non-sensitive and non-personal information open by default and is encouraging other city organisations to do the same to increase transparency and give greater insight into how the city operates.
Explore the hub at http://data.glasgow.gov.uk