Digital future for Dundee

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DUNDEE is set to lead the way in some of the most innovative technology on the planet as the “internet of things” becomes an everyday reality.

By providing a smart infrastructure network across the city, individuals and businesses will have access to superfast broadband and future 5G services.

John Alexander leader of Dundee City Council said: “The investment in time, money and expertise that we are making with our partners today will create a connected city in the very near future in keeping with our status as a UNESCO City of Design.

“It will also provide an adaptable platform for the physical and economic development of the area, capable of attracting substantial investment.

“We have already secured £1.4m for the creation of Mobile Innovation Living Laboratory (MILL) to establish Dundee as a test bed for smart mobility solutions that will look at areas such as mobility services, smart parking, fleet operation and big data.

“Money is also being invested in the latest public space CCTV systems that will have enhanced functionality that can help to find missing people, create alarms to advise of traffic flow, measure footfall and automatically recognise number plates.

“Earlier this year we revealed that new and innovative waste bins that could revolutionise the way waste is collected will be trialled across Dundee. They have sensors to alert us to empty the bins only when they are full and use solar power to compact the waste, improving efficiency.

“This will help reduce carbon emissions and vehicle costs.

“What I am absolutely sure of is that this is not about technology and infrastructure for its own sake, this is very clearly about using what is available and developing future solutions to benefit the people of Dundee and the many visitors we are attracting to the city.

“We have ensured that any digital solutions we are investigating and investing in fit with the priorities our citizens have identified and our strategic aims for the city – fair work and enterprise, community safety and justice and building stronger communities.

“In this fast moving and ever changing world I want to also throw Dundee’s digital doors open and call on anyone around the world who has ideas, energy and investment to come to the city and try things out.”

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