Sarah Gonsalves, Head of Policy, Milton Keynes Council
Milton Keynes has become a test bed for Internet of Things deployments in towns and cities. Gonsalves says that it has been important to take a strategic approach to the multiple deployments of sensors across Milton Keynes that gather and re-use data to improve local services. As the MK Smart programme – funded by private sector companies, InnovateUK and Open University – continues to develop use cases, she hopes that colleagues across the country can make use of the lessons learned. One major lesson is to first be really clear on the challenges that are unique to each place, in Milton Keynes’ case, the domestic energy structure for new homes and traffic management to support the growing population.
Event: Local Digital Futures Thought Leadership briefing
The Local Digital Futures Thought Leaders debate held recently in London brought together some of the leading lights in central and local government, suppliers and research bodies to discuss implementation of ‘Internet of Things’ systems to improve public services. The discussion focused on how the technology could reduce the pressure on local authority services and explored the barriers to take up, following on from a day-long, free event aimed at local government service managers and decision makers.