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Key aims of the site are to strengthen the UK city’s innovation community by creating new partnerships and commercial opportunities and provide a resource for sharing ideas and insight.

Newcastle City Council has launched a website to showcase the smart and sustainable developments taking place in the UK city.

The site aims to strengthen the city’s innovation community by creating new partnerships and commercial opportunities.

Smart city partnership

Ncleus.com was developed by innovation consultancy Urban Foresight and is a product of its smart city partnership with Newcastle City Council. Over the last two years the partnership has spawned more than 25 projects to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public services.

This includes piloting shared electric scooters across the city and using digital technologies to help vulnerable adults live more independently in their own homes.

Ncleus also showcases research from the city’s universities, including cargo carrying robots for older residents, and the Urban Observatory which reportedly maintains the UK’s largest set of publicly available real time data.

“Newcastle has a proud history of exporting world changing ideas and innovations. Today the city is embracing technology, data, and new ways of working to deliver better services and improve people’s lives,” said councillor Ged Bell of Newcastle City Council.

“Ncleus gives visibility to the exciting and innovative projects and companies within the local area. It also shows why Newcastle is seen as a great location for smart city businesses and investors.”

The website features a directory that profiles Newcastle’s smart businesses and contributed blogs from companies including the Algorithm People, ProxiSmart, NBS, and Grid Smarter Cities.

“Newcastle is a city that is buzzing with opportunities and advances in smart city technologies and services,” said David Beeton, CEO at Urban Foresight, which is based in the city’s Newcastle Helix innovation hub. “Ncleus provides a unique resource to share the ideas, insights and people that make Newcastle an ideal testbed for innovative new products and services.”

Newcastle was recognised as UK Smart City of the Year 2019, Connected Britain’s Smart City Initiative 2020, and ranked 23rd on the global IMD Smart City index.

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 22.09.2021

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