“Unlock the power of data to help people
and places work better and smarter.”
UrbanTide was formed from members of the team that helped bid, plan and deliver the Innovate UK’s £24m smart cities demonstrator for Glasgow. There we worked on the OPEN Glasgow programme that opened up the city's data and created engaging solutions for a broad range of urban challenges.
Since forming UrbanTide in 2014, we have partnered with numerous organisations and local authorities to unlock the benefits of data. We have first-hand experience of the challenges of working with reduced budgets and increased demand. Our recent USMART innovations include helping local authorities to obtain lost revenue, increase productivity via reduced FOI requests and improved transparency. We use IoT and AI to identify and map assets helping cities and organisations to meet legislated targets and improve service delivery and citizen well being.
We designed and built USMART specifically to meet the growing urban challenges of the 21st-century. USMART unlocks siloed data with advanced sharing capabilities, from API curation to open data publication. We integrate and apply machine learning and AI algorithms to automate insights and help people and places work better and smarter.
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The Management Team
Co-founder and CEO
Strategy and Finance
Steven is a smart places expert and believes in the value of data sharing and openness to trully enable the realisation of this vision.
Steven is a project and programme manager with 12 years’ experience delivering technology products and projects with a focus in transportation and infrastructure.
He co-wrote the winning Glasgow City Council Future Cities Demonstrator bid, led the OPEN Glasgow data team and project managed the City Technology Platform to create a data integration and open data publication platform.
Co-founder and CDO
Product, Sales & Marketing
Simon has over 25 years of experience in leading innovative digital transformation and smart cities programmes. In 2012 he helped deliver Innovate UK's £24m Future Cities Demonstrator in Glasgow.
Simon's principal focus is demonstrating how technology and data can create integrated, digital services that meet the changing needs of citizens, communities and businesses, in areas such as transport, planning, energy and housing.
He co-founded UrbanTide and created USMART specifically to meet the growing urban challenges of the 21st-century. USMART unlocks siloed data with advanced sharing capabilities, from API curation to open data publication. It integrates and applies machine learning and AI algorithms to automate insights and help people and places work better and smarter. He understands that data is only one part of the challenge, he provides data training and maturity modelling to improve organisational skills and develop data initiatives that make interconnected smart places.
Co-founder and Director
Pippa is a project and programme manager in smart cities strategy development and smart cities project delivery.
She co-wrote and project managed the successful Glasgow City Council Future Cities Demonstrator bid in 2012, winning a grant of £24 million from Innovate UK. She then led the £7.2M OPEN Glasgow demonstrator programme.
Pippa managed the Smart Cities Readiness Assessment and developed an Outline Investment Roadmap for the Scottish Government in partnership with the Scottish Cities Alliance. She delivers Open Data Training for the Scottish Government and facilitates utilisation of the Smart Cities Maturity Model. She works with local authorities across the UK and represents UrbanTide on an international Smart Cities Reference Panel in Australia.
Dr Thomas Nickson
Senior Software Engineer & Lead Data Scientist
Tom combines his excellent big data technologies development skills managing large components of the USMART system including the back end databases and Angular JS front end skill set. He also leads USMART's data science team as a qualified Dr in data science.
Deriving insight from large amounts of data using statistical techniques from deep learning to logistic regression
Designing, building and deploying large scale data ingestion and processing pipelines
Designing, building and deploying large, scalable, backend systems for UrbanTides main product USMART.
Supporting the development of deploying large scale data ingestion and processing pipelines.
Designing, building and deploying dashboards and interactive data visualisations on USMART.
Maintaining the USMART and improving the UX with the new USMART Labs area.
Chief Technical Officer - Associate
Tobi provides ongoing advice and guidance to the development of USMART to the technology team. Tobi was instrumental in the design, build and deployment of USMART and taking our high quality specifications for the latest big data technologies and putting it into practice.
He is passionate about good design and engagement with users for feedback and continues to support and push for the highest quality as an UrbanTide associate.
Training Service Management
Katy is highly motivated and has great attention to detail. Katy has two vital roles for UrbanTide in setting up and keeping on track of invoicing and the planning and delivery of the Open Data Training Service for the public service in Ireland. She has planned events for individuals from over 70 organisations helping them to gain a better understanding of open data.