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Exploring new technology for smarter streets and homes

People in the areas of Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill in Bristol are trialling new technologies to help them save energy and money, and explore new ways of travelling, as part of the EU-funded research project REPLICATE.  The project will research how smart technology could benefit local people and neighbourhoods.  The trial aims to reduce energy use, rethink transport choices and use infrastructure, such as lamp-posts, in new ways.  There are plenty of opportunities for local people and community groups to get involved and shape the initiatives together.

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Smart Homes – new smart appliances and energy efficient measures for your home

Grant funding is available to help homeowners in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill install loft insulation, a modern boiler and solar panels. Some households have also received new energy efficient smart appliances for their homes.

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Smart Streets – new ways of getting around

An electric bike scheme, car club and taxi-bus are being trialled, as well as a travel app and planner, to give you more ways of getting around and to make it easier for drivers to find a local parking space.

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Created By Us – issues that matter to you

REPLICATE explores fun and creative ways to tackle issues identified by the community, such as poor air quality and damp homes.  Whether you’re affected by an issue or have skills you’d like to share, please get in touch.

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Overall project lead and management for the Bristol pilot

Bristol City Council

Coordinating citizen engagement, working with local community groups and involving local residents

Knowle West Media Centre

Developing the software which powers the energy demand management system


Developing a parking app that could enhance the Travel West journey planner


A smart city test-bed helping the project's technology to connect and work together

Bristol Is Open

Specialist developers of algorithms adding functionality to the Travel West journey planner

Route Monkey

Coordination and development of digital platforms, lamp post sensors, citizen engagement & research

University of Bristol

Researching the impact of REPLICATE initiatives and how they could be scaled up

University of the West of England, Bristol

Developing an ICT Smart City Platform and integrating REPLICATE ICT Systems

Zeetta Networks

Developing specialist algorithms and trialling a local on-demand taxi-bus (Buzz) in electric vehicles


Deploying some e-bikes and electric cars in a car club


As a European project, REPLICATE is working closely with our partner cities, Florence (Italy) and San Sebastian (Spain).  These cities are testing different smart solutions and Bristol will learn from them and share our city’s experiences.  This will help us understand which of the smart approaches could be used across Bristol and in other European and world cities.

In Bristol, the REPLICATE project is led by Bristol City Council working in partnership with the city’s universities and seven other local partners.  The project is funded by the European Commission, with local partner organisations collectively receiving €7 million to deliver the project in Bristol

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 691735