Date lodged: 8 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to turn any Scottish cities into "smart cities" in the future.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 15 December 2016
In February 2015 I announced that £10 million had been allocated within the Scottish European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme for 2014-2020 for collaborative projects to make all of Scotland’s cities smarter. The £10 million in ERDF grant (which is matched with funding from the cities) is part of the ‘Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City’ Strategic Intervention.
The Scottish Government is working with the cities via the Scottish Cities Alliance (the unique collaboration of Scotland’s seven cities and the Scottish Government) to deliver a number of projects funded via this intervention.
Our shared ambition is to make a step change in the use of smart technology for integrated city management across the seven cities, not just individually but collectively, so creating the 8th city.
The first phase of smart projects was announced by the Scottish Cities Alliance on 13 December see: http://www.scottishcities.org.uk/media/press-releases/alliance-launches-smart-cities-projects