Partnership aims to make Hull’s one of the smartest cities in the world

Partnership aims to make Hull’s one of the smartest cities in the world
(L-R) Adam Jennison, Hull City Council’s ICT Business Relationship Manager, Rob Bullock, Connexin CSO, Andy Burton, Hull City Council’s Assistant Director for Streetscene, Furqan Alamgir, Connexin founder and CEO, Will Kebbell, Connexin CTO, and Neil Smart, Hull City Council’s Smart Transport Manager

Hull is set to become one of the smartest cities in the world after the City Council partnered with smart city operator Connexin.

The plans would link services including waste management, traffic and parking to deliver improved public services for residents.

Using Connexin’s Smart City platform, the local authority will be able to integrate information from a range of council services and systems into a single intelligent dashboard.

Information from data-producing sensors linked to smart lighting, parking, traffic, waste management and Wi-Fi deployments are to be integrated into the “single pane of glass” software platform.

The information will also made available to the public to encourage new ideas to benefit the economy in Hull.

It is one of the first times a city has brought together service-driven technologies in such a coordinated manner.

“Developing Hull as a smart city will give us the opportunity to work with public and private sector partners to deliver real benefits to communities, businesses and visitors to Hull,” said Councillor Daren Hale, Deputy Leader of Hull City Council.

“The project will involve innovative technological solutions to enhanced data-sharing and decision-making, which will help us to deliver more effective services, including everything from traffic management to health and social care.

“The system pulls together information that currently sits within separate council computer systems to enable citywide management of public assets in real time using state-of-the-art technology.

“Residents will receive better information to make choices about transport, traffic and parking. But this will be just the beginning of what is possible.

“As the project develops, it will create a demand for new digitally skilled workforce in the city, so we will need to invest in skills and training for younger generations so they are prepared for the new types of jobs that will be created in the digital sector.”

Furqan Alamgir, founder and CEO of Connexin, said: “Our platform will enable Hull to become a programmable city and move from outdated siloed service-driven technologies to a central platform to improve service delivery, reduce costs and to make the most of new technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms.”