Deliver through, the use of best ethical practices, productive innovation, capabilities and services that can drive a socially fair quality of life for all.
Driving cross society collaboration, knowledge, data sharing and analytics management across the digital landscape in order to deliver services to the public authorities, residents, businesses, students & visitors to Bristol and the West of England.
By taking a “Understand the Problem that Needs Solving” approach we will design solutions that utilise digital connectivity.
In depth understanding the problem that needs solving
Being Citizen focused in all we do with digital technology at the heart of solutions
Understanding the human behaviour and propensity to adopt new solutions, especially technology based solutions.
Study and resolve the Ethics, Data Privacy and Protections that impact the solutions
Creating a Learning, Education Up-skilling environment
Drive opportunities to create jobs
Develop practical solutions that work for the regional on the Bristol is Open “test to pilot” platform
Create collaboration opportunities
Be thought leaders and influencers that encourage investment in the region
Develop the business case that would drive scale and saving for all parties involved
City Operations Centre
A significant development is the implementation of the City Operations Centre to provide integrated monitoring and management of city services, including the following:
Traffic management and control
Closed-circuit TV (CCTV) monitoring for safety and security
Out of hours call handling
Data from the City Operation Centre will feed into the city’s open data platform. The data platform will open up the opportunity for businesses and citizens to develop and share information about the city, and to create new products or services.
A key element of Bristol’s smart city and innovation strategy is a focus on citizen-centric solutions. The city council, along with the Knowle West Media Centre and Ideas for Change, launched a programme called The Bristol Approach which aims to put communities at the heart of innovation. The Bristol Approach focuses on supporting people to work together to identify the knowledge, technology, and resources needed to tackle a problem.
The city is focusing on the development of smart districts, where a more holistic view can be taken across issues like transport, energy, housing, and the potential use of new technologies and better data. One of the EU-funded programs is REPLICATE. This focuses on delivering an integrated smart district in the east of the city. Specifically, it aims to help people save money on their energy bills, explore new ways of travelling around, and reduce energy use and demand, and our impact on the environment.
One citizen-driven project is the Damp Busters pilot. This seems to enable citizens to measure and combat the problem of damp in homes. It is extensively based on The Bristol Approach.
BBC Radio Bristol Interview 3rd April 2019
Listen to Bristol is Open CEO, Julie Snell and BBC Radio Bristol presenter, Emma Britton discuss how Bristol is Open, along with local partners have developed a 5G harbour safety trial with the help of central government funding.
The goal of this trial was to create a smart solution to a real world problem by simulating 5G to enable an invisible barrier line to run along two harbour side walls and help prevent future deaths in Bristol’s waterways.
If these lines are crossed by a member of the public it will trigger an alert in Bristol Operations Centre, who will then assess thermal camera footage to see whether someone has fallen into the water and if a rescue team need to be deployed. Ultimately using new technology to make Bristol’s harbour side safer for it’s citizens and visitors.’