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Smart places: from smart cities to smart towns and communities

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Smart places: from smart cities to smart towns and communities

At FarrPoint, we believe that technology can help communities to maximize their assets and simply live smarter. That's why our latest service offering 'Smart places' is not aimed at just big cities. With a little bit of strategic thinking and technology behind it, any place can become smart!

Around 80% of Smart Cities projects don't cross the starting line. Let us help you be in the 20%!

What makes it a 'smart place'?

The concept of Smart Cities is well established, with many successful examples of cities globally and within the UK using intelligent technology to enhance the quality of life in urban environments, for instance by minimising waste, optimising energy usage, or reducing congestion.

This is made possible by combining existing datasets with new data captured by Internet of Things (IoT) devices, allowing nearly all elements of the urban landscape - including transit networks, energy grids, lighting systems and parking monitors – to wirelessly broadcast their state and activity in real-time. This enables dynamic monitoring of the place, helping to predict issues before they occur and optimising the delivery of resources or services to match demand.

Our services: helping towns become 'smart towns'

Like cities, today’s towns need to adapt in order to respond to the global challenges of climate change, population growth, demographic changes, urbanisation and resource depletion.

By leveraging the work of pioneering cities, Smart Towns have an opportunity to select the tools and processes that best meet their individual needs.

By adopting a Smart Places approach, towns can expect to achieve similar benefits to those of cities, enabling finite resources to be optimised whilst improving the quality of life for citizens and ensuring effective management of the local environment.

There are challenges for towns, however, as they may lack the experience or resources needed to take such initiatives forward, with attention from the market remaining largely focussed on cities.

It should also be noted that significant funding opportunities exist to support such projects, which can be aligned with existing Government programmes.

By adopting a Smart Places approach, towns can expect to achieve similar benefits to those of cities, including:

- Improving health social outcomes, by enhancing the quality and efficiency of local service delivery.

- Growing the economy, through innovation, attracting investment and creating jobs.

- Improving the local environment, through effective waste management, and reducing pollution and carbon emissions.

What is FarrPoint's role?

We would be your strategic partner that would evaluate and develop the most appropriate smart use case/cases for your town by:

- Conducting an audit of your current infrastructure and identifying areas that could be improved by smart technology

- Evaluating the economic, social and environmental benefits of Smart Town initiatives

- Creating a business plan that would justify the investment in new smart infrastructure

- Developing an assurance and implementation plan to ensure smooth deployment and use of the new smart technology.

Smart themes

These are some of the themes that we would look at to determine the best smart use cases for your town. For example, Smart Mobility theme includes looking at smart parking, smart shared cycling infrastructure and other public transport solutions.

smart towns framework

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