The B-Net (Bristol Network) is a 76km long ducting and fibre communications network owned by Bristol City Council which was originally purchased from Rediffusion – a cable TV pioneer. It supports the council’s ICT requirements including telephony, data, traffic related network communications and CCTV. In Autumn 2015, Bristol City Council agreed a concession to a consortium […]
We’re working with local company Byteback to recondition decommissioned Bristol City Council computers and give them a new lease of life in helping people own a computer and learn digital skills. The scheme offers reconditioned equipment at low cost to individuals and families who are on a low incomes or who experience other disadvantages. Community groups […]
Knowle West Media Centre has been awarded £23,965 from the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund to support groups who are currently under-represented in enterprise to develop the skills and knowledge to explore self-employment through creativity and making. The Centre will use their making and training space KWMC: The Factory to work with at least 120 people, particularly […]
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Future Learn have a fantastic catalogue of online courses covering topics like Smart Cities and the Internet of Things. They have added a new course covering the use of technologies to improve well-being, health, and healthcare. The free 6 week course will describe methods to develop eHealth, and explain theories that enable behaviour change and facilitate implementation. […]
Bristol Is Open was awarded the global ‘Smart City Innovator’ ‘award at the TM Forum Live! 2016 – Digital World Awards last week. TM Forum is the global industry association for digital business, connecting talented individuals, leading companies, and diverse ecosystems to accelerate members’ successful digital business transformation. Over 3,500 delegates from 650 different telecommunication […]
Travelwest – the partnership improving transport in the West of England – has launched an innovative map-based crowdsourcing website collecting people’s bugbears – the small things which hinder cycling and walking in Bristol. Fixing the small things that can make a big difference – bugbears are the small irritating things that hinder cycling and walking through Bristol. It could […]
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Written by Suzanne Wilson: It’s gratifying to have Bristol’s efforts in engaging citizens in technology recognised in this new UK smart cities index. Named alongside London as a UK leader, Bristol scores highly for its vision and execution, and its strong values driven approach that focuses on inclusion and creativity, as much as technology. This is […]
We’re really pleased that Tech UK will be coming to Bristol on 1st June for a morning of tech demonstrations, presentations and networking. This is a part of a series of regional roadshow events across the UK to demonstrate the value of big data tools and technologies in action. The roadshows will bring to life case studies […]
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The SoLa Bristol project explored an innovative combination of energy storage in customers premises, coupled with new variable tariffs and integrated network control to overcome generation or load related constraints at key times of the day. It explored the use of Direct Current (DC) power in customer premises in conjunction with battery storage shared virtually between […]
Objectives The main goal of IES Cities was to facilitate the use of an open technological platform in different cities across Europe, allowing the citizen to provide and consume internet-based services based on their own and external linked data related to the cities. The project created an open platform for the generation of user oriented internet […]
Systems Thinking for comprehensive city Energy efficient Planning (STEEP) was a two year European FP7 funded project between the cities of Bristol, San Sebastian and Florence. The objective was to make the production and use of energy in cities more sustainable and efficient through the development of energy process models and smart city plans using a systems […]
Become a wildlife explorer for a day and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in a Bristol Natural History Consortium BioBlitz event. The team of experienced naturalists and wildlife watchers need your help to find and identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties as we can before the clock […]
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We are heading towards a datafied society. More data have been produced in the last two years than in the entirety of human history. By 2020, more than 1.7 megabytes of new data will be created every second of everyday. Yet, we are not fully benefitting from this huge amount of actionable knowledge. Indeed, not […]
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People looking for help to get online are being offered the chance to take part in a free workshop. The Dundry View Neighbourhood Partnership has teamed up with the city’s library service to provide support for local people who rarely or never use the internet. Two workshops have been organised that will help people develop […]
The VENTURER consortium has recently announced that it will collaborate with Westfield Sportscars Ltd to deliver the next phase of its research and development programme, which is scheduled to commence in July 2016. The UK sports car manufacturer will supply the Ultra Pod self-driving prototype, to be piloted as part of the project’s work in […]
Overview: The REPLICATE project (Renaissance in Places with Innovative Citizenship And Technology) is a European research and development project that aims to deploy integrated energy, mobility and ICT solutions in city districts. The overarching vision of the REPLICATE project is: To increase the quality of life for citizens across Europe by demonstrating the impact of innovative technologies […]
ThingsCamp, coming to Devon on Saturday 28th May, is part hack and part citizen science fair, bringing together the hardware and ideas that connect us with where we live. Supported by UKGovcamp and Plymouth City Council, it is another fantastic event to add to what is becoming a very busy calendar here in the south west […]
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Find out how TV production companies create and sell their ideas Hear from three creative organisations that will change the way you look at developing projects Learn the latest developments in the world of Ultra-High Definition TV Plus, young people who are interested in careers in the media can take the next step with […]
The Out for the Count project (an ODI Showcase), led by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and Democracy Club, is building a results tracker for the 5 May local elections. It involves crowd-sourcing the data as it comes in on election night, working with local government and active citizens. The team need volunteers to act as […]
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SoLa Bristol, a £2.8 million project led by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and undertaken in partnership with Siemens, Bristol City Council, University of Bath and Knowle West Media Centre, was completed in January 2016. In the previous three years, we trialled battery storage, demand response and DC networks alongside solar PV in homes, schools and […]
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