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Smart cities

3 Smart cities readiness

The Scottish Government, working in conjunction with the Scottish Cities Alliance and on behalf of Scotland’s Cities, commissioned Urban Tide to jointly develop a Smart Cities Maturity Model and Self-Assessment Tool [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] to help Scottish cities to:

  • Assess where they are on their journey to being a smart city
  • To decide where they want to be by 2020 aligned with their strategic priorities
  • To identify the investments and adjustments required to get them there
  • To consider whether they could advance any parts of their programme in collaboration with other cities and partners.

A key driver for the work was to support the development of an investment roadmap for the Scottish Cities Alliance so they can apply for funding opportunities.

The Smart Cities Maturity Model and Self-Assessment Tool has been developed drawing upon existing models and frameworks in the smart cities field including the BSI PAS181 ‘Smart City Framework: Guide to Establishing Strategies for Smart Cities and Communities’.

The tool is designed to walk cities through the process of clearly identifying their next steps and the investment and resources required to realise their ambitions. It considers five key dimensions:

  • Strategic Intent
  • Data
  • Technology
  • Governance & Service Delivery Models
  • Citizen & Business Engagement

Through a series of self-assessment questions, cities are prompted to consider to what extent the five key dimensions are maturing.

Take a look at the Smart Cities Maturity Model. Do you think this would be a useful tool for assessing smart cities readiness in your city or community?


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