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.

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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REPLICATE is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme
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Overall project lead and management for the Bristol pilot
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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
Development of a parking app which suggests areas with free parking spaces before you travel
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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
Developing an ICT Smart City Platform and integrating REPLICATE ICT Systems
Zeetta Networks
Developing specialist algorithms and trialing a local on-demand electric taxi (WeGo)
Deploying some e-bikes and electric cars in a car club
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