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Birmingham named in UK’s top three smartest cities

Birmingham has been named as one of the UK’s ‘smartest cities’, according to new research.

The first-ever Huawei UK Smart Cities Index  measured how well the nation’s urban centres are doing at using technology to improve everything from their transport infrastructure to their refuse collection. The index rankings were calculated by an in-depth analysis of ten criteria within their strategy and implementation, covering areas such as their vision, objectives, implementation record, environmental impact and community reach.

Birmingham was awarded ‘Contender’ status for notable projects including the city’s plans to make East Birmingham a test bed for smart technology.

Councillor Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability at Birmingham City Council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Birmingham and clearly demonstrates how far we have come as a city in terms of embracing digital technology to improve our services and, ultimately, the lives of those who live, work and visit here.

“We must now build on this success, continuing to look for innovative ways to make best use of the latest technology to further improve the way we operate as a local authority.”

For the full background on the Huawei UK Smart Cities Index, including how the rankings were calculated, please visit http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2016/5/UKs-leading-smart-cities.

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