Focus on city challenges
Complex city challenges – such as public safety, the needs of older people and effective health and social care – will require collective talent, clever technologies and a committed focus to address the real problems that affect Bristol.
World class connectivity
In Bristol, we have smart city capabilities and assets that are already some of the best in the UK, but we have an aspiration to become the UK’s most connected city with high-quality, secure and reliable digital connectivity.
We want to nurture a city-wide approach to developing a smart Bristol which will encourage digital innovation and city-led initiatives across a diverse and inclusive network.
A future smart Bristol might be enabled by technology and data, but it will only be sustained by trust. We want communities to influence how technology is used in the city, become more connected and included in the social and economic benefits digital technology brings to the city.
Bristol has a strong heritage of applying innovation process to research and development projects to achieve better outcomes and cost savings. We can still do better in the way that we design, develop, and deploy initiatives.
Public service innovation
Rising demands, diminishing budgets and big ambitions means that the council, specifically, needs to explore different, better ways to manage the city and deliver public services. The challenge to do more with less, especially for health and social care, means that innovation and reinvention is a necessity.