Connectivity

High-speed connectivity is the corner stone of a modern city like Bristol. We aim to build collaborations that will ensure the City benefits from the best levels of digital infrastructure now and in the coming decade.

Access real time air quality data via the “Internet of Things”

by Matthew 02/04/2014 in Bristol

With the current alerts on air quality across the UK it seemed timely to write a post about sensor technology and the Internet of Things. The concept is that in a Smart City more and more sensors will be connected to the internet so that people can access data that is relevant to them.
Air quality [...]

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Heritage Eye – A New Bristol City Council Smartphone App

by Matthew 05/02/2014 in Bristol

Bristol City Council has launched a new type of app. The Heritage Eye app is free and now available on Android and IoS.
The City Design Group have published the first City Council smartphone app. Heritage Eye was funded by English Heritage and developed by Calvium software developers in partnership with City Design Group and Corporate [...]

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Get IT Together Bristol celebrates a successful second year

by Kerry 24/01/2014 in Bristol

Launched in September 2011, Get IT Together Bristol focuses on increasing digital inclusion in the Bristol area for anyone 55 or over, disabled adults and their adults carers through providing free, basic IT courses.
A video of some of the characters who attended our courses in 2013
A partnership between Bristol City Council, Citizens Online and BT, [...]

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Citywide Wireless Concession Procurement Event, City Hall Bristol, 13 January 2014 from 09:30

by Kevin 30/12/2013 in Bristol

Further to Prior Information Notice 257542-2013, issued on 1st August 2013, Bristol City Council, as lead Authority are seeking to procure wireless concession(s) on behalf of ourselves and neighbouring Authorities – BANES, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset -within the West of England (WoE).
Four Lots have been identified all with the following over arching outcomes:

Availability of [...]

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Agile meetings on the move

by Kerry 20/12/2013 in Bristol

The team behind Bristol’s Digital Inclusion project – Get IT Together have been using Agile project management tools since it’s new coordinator, Kerry Bradshaw came into post in January.  Agile is tool to visualise the tasks needed to complete a project and enable all team members to efficiently see, usually on a simple white board with [...]

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What will the benefits of next generation broadband be? Govt report looks to set it out

by Kevin 17/12/2013 in Bristol

Over the last few years there has been a very considerable investment in upgrading the broadband capability of the UK. The Rural and Urban broadband programmes have seen hundreds of millions of pounds of capital investment in infrastructure with the ultimate goal of seeing a significant national uplift in jobs, growth and international competitiveness. But [...]

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5 Top Tips for Training New Silver Surfers

by Matthew 12/12/2013 in Bristol

The Get It Together project in Bristol aims to give senior citizens and people with a disability the skills to get online.  11 free courses happen each week in libraries, community centres and day centres in Bristol.
A recent volunteers’ Best Practice Day highlighted some insights on what not to presume with new learners. Project co-ordinator [...]

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Thinking of moving house? Want to know what sort of broadband service you can expect? Try this tool

by Kevin 21/11/2013 in Bristol

Broadband is more and more being considered as a utility, much like gas or electricity. If you are moving house you’d want to know that you could receive reliable mains gas and electric, but now you can also get an indication of the sorts of broadband services you could get access to. Rightmove have developed [...]

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“Internet of Sensors” Competition

by Matthew 20/11/2013 in Bristol

The Technology Strategy Board is about to launch a new funding competition to encourage the development of networked intelligent sensor systems. Their aim is to support the development of the ‘Internet of Sensors,’ in which sensors enable all kinds of machines and appliances to communicate and co-ordinate with each other through the information network.

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