Bristol is Open

Bristol Is Open is a research and development network, and smart city development programme delivering research and development initiatives that contribute to the development of a smart city. As a private company limited by shares, BRISTOLISOPEN LTD. is wholly owned by Bristol City Council.

What is a Smart City?

By 2030, urban areas are projected to house 60 per cent of people globally and one in every three people will live in cities with at least half a million inhabitants.

Cities and their inhabitants face numerous constraints including land availability, population growth, and limited resources. Cities must also look for ways to improve their citizens’ and visitors’ standard of living. Smart cities are a way to overcome these barriers and make improvements. Technology in plays a central role in any smart city development. It provides the means for connecting infrastructures (networks, sensors, devices) and collaboration between the stakeholders. This includes citizens, city authorities, private sector companies, innovators, entrepreneurs and academia.

But a successful smart city not just about technology but also about the management framework supporting these technologies.

What are we doing?

Bristol has been recognised in the UK Smart Cities Index 2017 as the U.K.’s leading smart city. Leading the way in areas such as open data access, energy innovation, and community engagement. Bristol has also been recognised for its smart city work winning a Glomo Smart City Award (Judges Choice) in 2018.

Small sensors, including the smart phones and GPS devices of willing participants, will supply three new fast networks in the centre of Bristol with information about many aspects of city life. This will include energy, air quality and traffic flows. A city operating system will dynamically host this machine-to-machine communication, allowing the development of a wide range of applications.

Take a look at the overview page for more about what we are doing.