Glasgow Wins £24 Million in UK Competition

Glasgow has won a £24 million Future Cities competition to showcase how UK cities can grow their local economy and improve the lives of their citizens by making the most of new technologies and by integrating and connecting city systems.

The Future Cities Demonstrator competition, managed and funded by the UK government's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, saw Glasgow secure the funding in an open competition against 30 other UK cities.

David Willetts, the Minister for Universities and Science, said: "This £24 million investment will make Glasgow a city of tomorrow, demonstrating how cities can work more efficiently with a reduced environmental impact."

Led by Glasgow City Council in partnership with key public, private and academic organisations, including the University of Strathclyde, the demonstrator project will run over an 18 month period.

At its simplest, the project will allow Glasgow to develop a one-stop shop City Dashboard which will help monitor city systems from traffic lights and CCTV to air quality monitoring and street lighting faults and services like hospital waiting times and journey planning.