Smart Cities
UrbanTide helps secure £48 million funding for Scottish Cities Alliance

November 25, 2022


UrbanTide has coordinated an application for strategic intervention funding that would allow for the development of the ‘Smart City’ as Scotland’s 8th city.

The funding, which comes from the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020, would allow UrbanTide to work closely in partnership with Scotland’s seven cities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling) in order to capture their data and technology ambitions.

This would involve providing expertise in identifying user requirements, coordinating data and technology project proposals and establishing 4 key areas for coordinated development.

UrbanTide is leading a consortium that includes experts from across the UK and the international data landscape, including Swirrl, 21C Consultancy and the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. 

 Scotland's 8th city

The themes of data and technology are the core elements of this ‘8th City’ strategic intervention. Data and technology are viewed as the key enablers for delivering smart city operations, which are to be developed by the 7 Scottish cities.

The final application detailed the ambitions of the Scottish Government, Scottish Cities Alliance and the seven Scottish cities to build a data and technology ecosystem across Scotland by working collaboratively across all seven cities.

The application ensured alignment with external policies such as the Scottish Government’s Open Data Strategy and the Open and Agile Smart Cities Network (OASC).



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