Our urban world
Our urban world
UrbanTide supports you on the journey through collaboration to improve how well your city serves its citizens' needs. Our role is to listen, collaborate, plan and see to completion projects and initiatives that make use of and improve data and technological resources for ever increasing demands.
How smart is your city?
How smart is your city?
Successful smart cities have a strategy and roadmap setting out how investment in data and digital technologies enable service reform and partner collaboration. An effective region focuses on delivering improved outcomes aligned to the region’s strategic priorities.
Successful smart cities invest in open, flexible, integrated and scalable ICT architectures that enable accelerated service innovation such as provision of automated and real-time dynamic response capabilities.
Successful smart cities make effective use of their data assets to secure better outcomes. They invest in system-wide data capture, integration and analytics capabilities. Open data underpins the smart city's commitment to transparency and innovation.
Successful smart cities adapt traditional organisational models of delivery to realise the opportunities of data and digital technologies. They invest in system-wide partnership models focused on shared outcomes.
Successful smart cities make best use of data and digital technologies to invest in enhanced openness and transparency. Citizen and business engagement and stakeholder ownership of service reform are essential within a smart region. Smart regions proactively improve take-up of digital services while supporting the digitally excluded.
Below are a number of freely available documents that outline how the work was undertaken with Scotland's seven cities:
Please get in touch to find out more about the UrbanTide supported self-assessment:
UrbanTide worked with Jacobs, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council (NPTCBC) and Welsh Government to establish the scope and viability of NPTCBC targets. Through a Demonstration Projects Study & Engagement Report, UrbanTide helped to identify credible options for projects as well as building and establishing best practices.
In partnership with the Scottish Government and the Scottish Cities Alliance, UrbanTide developed and applied our own unique “Smart Cities Maturity Model”. To be used for the planning, delivery, evaluation and ongoing development of a city to the true “Smart City” status.
We help planners identify and understand what smart projects are planned, commenced or are aspirational for their regions, cities and districts. Our agile Smart Cities Maturity Model and Self-Assessment Tool adapt existing models and best practices. They help you understand your position on the ‘smart’ journey as they are designed to walk stakeholders through the process of identifying the next steps required to realise your ambitions.
Building on the smart maturity assessment, we help you create business cases for smart, future and sustainable projects on various scales. The business cases are developed based on our domestic and international experience and knowledge of future trends and technologies in the IoT, low-carbon, sustainable and smart city fields. Business cases are developed to unlock investments and resources required to deliver a system-of-systems smart city approach.
It is important for a city to invest in and provide enhanced openness that promotes citizen and business engagement in, and ownership of, the transformation processes and service reforms accompanying master planning procedures. We offer various online and offline engagement services that keep citizens involved throughout the project. These services include the development and management of online interactive questionnaires, mapping tools, hackathons, workshops, data visualisation and compelling data stories.
Develop a roadmap: Identify next steps, actions and resources required to realise your ambitions, develop business cases and determine funding opportunities.
Engage at the core: Engage citizens, businesses and stakeholders to secure buy-in on all levels.
UrbanTide is working in partnership with a multidisciplinary team led by MVRDV, Austin-Smith:Lord and Space Syntax to design District Regeneration Frameworks for four districts of Glasgow City Centre and to create a clear urban structure to realise Glasgow’s economic, cultural and social potential.
Find out more about Glasgow City Centre's four districts project.
Successful smart cities have visionary leadership. We help you set out a vision to make your city and community smarter.
We manage your smart initiatives to embed the ethos of smart cities, collaboration and engagement to get results quickly.
We help you realise the value of your data assets through data integration, data analysis, open data publication and community building and data selling.
There is no point to developing unwanted services. Through our engagement techniques, we help you ensure that services and outcomes improve by giving stakeholders and citizens what they want.
We ensure that the supplier community is primed and ready for your opportunities and are engaged in the process to improve the return on investment.
We help your teams to build capacity in smart cities and community delivery so that the learning is embedded within your organisation and continues to benefit citizens long after we have left.
We know the marketplace for the newest and most innovative solutions and also whether they do or do not work. We match your requirements with what delivers the best benefits and set out a plan to make this happen.
Before forming UrbanTide, the co-founders worked with Glasgow City Council and other partners across the public and private sectors to develop and deliver the OPEN Glasgow programme, 'putting people at the heart of Glasgow's future'.
Senior management in Perth, Stirling and Inverness authorities identified smart cities learning as critical to the success of their smart cities ambitions. The key challenges were to engage leadership and improve leadership’s understanding of smart cities and how to leverage existing governance and processes for smart city funding.
Read the case study to discover how UrbanTide’s team provided smart cities education and guidance.
Getting the most from open data
Getting the most from open data
Following a successful year delivering open data training on behalf of the Scottish Government, we are now offering new courses to everyone. Our training packages are developed based on our years of experience supporting cities and public and private organisations in their open data and smart cities journeys.
We define and identify your organisation’s needs and assets, including organisational directives. We build roles and responsibilities across your team, explore technological challenges, look at the availability of data and examine your experiences utilising data to further your advocacy and development work.
Mentoring with a long-term view, we ensure that open data knowledge and lessons learned are transformed into strategic and business goals. We help you incorporate the operational processes that have a real impact not only on the organisation but also on your wider stakeholders.
When we measure success, we focus on higher-order results like changes in practices, internal and external processes and shifts in organisation and personnel attitudes for the creation of concrete outcomes that benefit citizens and communities.
We focus on your organisation's collective awareness of the value and benefits open data offers. We help teams realise their strategic goals and visions to increase their efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability via open data.
We have had a fantastic year touring Scotland and delivering open data training pilot workshops on behalf of the Scottish Government to a total of 317 public sector delegates from 72 public bodies. Here we review what delegates said about our training and how that feedback shaped our new training programme.