CityVerve: Sharing notes at the Westminster eForum Smart Cities seminar

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The latest CityVerve blog about the Westminster eForum meeting on the future of our cities is available now. 

Is the public sector trying to innovate comparable to ‘dad dancing?’  That’s what Gary Barnett, head of enterprise advisory at Current Analysis, suggested at the Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar on UK Smart Cities in London earlier this month.

It was a controversial assertion to an audience of policy makers, innovators, city authorities and service providers – particularly since most of us present were of the demographic who could indulge in just that sort of dancing.

The eForum is aimed at providing an environment in which policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall and regulatory agencies can engage with key stakeholders to discuss public policy relating to technology. Whenever this broad spectrum of players and actors gather there is almost a guarantee of thought provoking debate and discussion.

The Smart Cities eForum meeting covered themes of reducing the costs of public services, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of urban processes and unifying citizens, businesses and visitors around the common needs of the place they are united by and interacting with.

Covering old ground

The sheer scale of the Xerox back office operation supporting global transport systems was exposed by solution director of international transportation and government, Richard Harris.  (The firm processes over 200m transactions every month).  I often think that we hear too much about transport and precious little about anything else. However, the monitoring, management and informing of people about transport can only become more important when you consider that 51% of 12-24 year olds think that they will decide where to live in the future based on the transport links available.

To read Miranda Sharp's article in full click here