Bristol has beaten Barcelona, Dubai, New York, Singapore and Yinchuan to win the Smart City Award (Judges’ Choice) at the GSMA’s 2018 Global Mobile Awards (The GLOMOs). The award provides global recognition for Bristol as a leading smart city of the future.
The GLOMOs, regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the mobile industry, recognise and celebrate all contributions made to the evolving and developing mobile industry. The award winners were announced at the international mobile industry’s largest gathering - the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week (26 February – 1 March).
The judges, when announcing Bristol as the winner of the Smart City Award, highlighted Bristol Is Open, a Joint Venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council. Bristol Is Open integrates three networks complemented by cutting-edge 5G research carried out by the University, which is delivering the UK’s first 5G urban deployment.
The judges also recognised the smart city Operations Centre, which opened last October and brings together and integrates the council’s emergency control centre, traffic control centre and community safety (CCTV) control rooms for the first time. The centre, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, also provides Telecare, Alarm and Security monitoring for residents as well as Lone worker support for council staff.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “This latest accolade reflects the importance of the smart city infrastructure we’ve put in place and although there is more work to do, it means Bristol is in a good position to be the best connected city in the UK. The council is already experiencing the value of investing in ground-breaking technology and together with partners is committed to developing further smart city initiatives that can benefit all residents and visitors to Bristol.”
Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Bristol, added: “We are delighted the city of Bristol has won this prestigious Smart City Award. This award builds on last year’s announcement that Bristol has overtaken London as the UK’s leading ‘smart city’.
“Both awards highlight the significant impact of the University’s research in the city where we are pioneering innovative ‘smart city’ technologies and which is embodied in the University’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus plans. It puts Bristol firmly on the international map for leading the way in developing digital communication technology that will benefit both people and businesses.”
Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, Director of the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol and Chief Scientific Officer for Bristol Is Open, said: “This award strengthens Bristol’s international reputation for pioneering advance network technologies for smart cities, including 5G. Later this month the public will experience the world’s first 5G urban network at the Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase and discover how 5G technology will transform the way we live, work and study in our cities.”