United Kingdom

The Smart Belfast Framewok


The Smart Belfast framework focusses on harnessing new technologies and data science in ways that support local economic growth while also contributing to outcomes for people as set out in the Belfast Agenda. It seeks to build on the city’s growing strengths in the digital sector to foster an environment in which local businesses, innovators and universities can experiment and build great products for twenty-first century cities.

Smart London Plan, 2013


The summary of efforts of the Smart London Board and the Greater London Authority to integrate opportunities from innovative digital technologies into London’s heart to improve the lives of residents. In 2016 there was the release of ‘The Future of Smart’ which analysed progress of the Plan.


Roadmap to a Smarter Birmingham, 2014


Published by the Birmingham Smart City Commission, the Roadmap shows an ambition to use digital technologies and open data that can be harnessed by the community so that they can realise a more sustainable and improved future. ‘Birmingham’s Smart City Commission Vision’ was published prior to the Roadmap in 2013 which set out the planned direction of travel, and the Roadmap also has been aligned ‘Birmingham’s Green Commission Carbon Roadmap’ actions, published in 2013.

Nottingham Future Cities Feasibility Study 2012


Study for Innovate UK to show they would integrate a number of different infrastructure types to improve the lives of citizens and the surrounding environment, specifically by being a smart energy city demonstrator.

Nottingham Energy Strategy 2010 – 2020, 2010


Gives a general framework for programmes and initiatives regarding sustainable energy supply and consumption in Nottingham, including through smart solutions. This strategy looks to match targets as stated in the ‘City of Nottingham Sustainable Community Strategy 2020’, published 2009.

Smart Sheffield, 2015


Commissioned by the Sheffield First Partnership, it is the result of an engagement process which looked to capture the meaning of a smart city for Sheffield and decide on a direction to get towards this, supporting the Sheffield Smart Lab.

Smart Cambridge 2017 – 2018, 2017


Strategy which looks at how greater connectivity through data and innovation in technology can improve the way that residents live in Cambridge in a variety of ways, supported by the Greater Cambridge City Deal. There are a number of other documents for example around the areas of transport, housing and skills which form part of The Greater Cambridge City Deal set up with Government to boost the city.

Bristol is Open Project


‘Bristol Is Open’ is a joint venture between the University of Bristol and the City’s Council. The initiative is funded by the local, national and European governments; combined with academic research funding, as well as grants from the private sector. Bristol’s Smart City strategy aims to deliver research and development initiatives that contribute to the development of Bristol as a smart city as well investigating to the potential uses of the ‘Internet of Things’.

Future City Project


Following on from winning £23M from Innovate UK’s Smart City demonstrator competition in 2013; ‘Future City Glasgow’ is Glasgow’s ambitious programme that looks to explore innovative ways to use technology and data to make life in the city safer, smarter and more sustainable.

CityVerve Project


‘CityVerve’ is Manchester’s people-focused Smart City programme that aims to bring together the brightest minds and pioneering uses of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in order to redefine ‘smart’ in the context of a living, working city.

MK Smart

Milton Keynes

As one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, Milton Keynes has developed ‘MK:Smart’ to be a large collaborative initiative that develops innovative solutions to address the issues of rapid growth. Integral to the MK:Smart initiative is the ‘MK Data Hub’ which supports the acquisition and management of a vast amount of data relevant to city systems such as energy, water, waste and transport. The MK Data Hub also analyses social and economic data obtained from apps and social media.



Plan which sets out the roadmap for the city to work towards technological power for their citizens, through a more diverse and innovative economic model based on digital assets.

Green IT Strategy for the City of Stockholm, 2008


A strategy to identify actions for the city that can reduce environmental impact through IT, and how these can be implemented. This strategy helps with the realisation of goals from both ‘Stockholm Vision 2030 – A Guide to the Future’ adopted in 2007, and ‘The Stockholm Environment Programme 2008 – 2011’ published in 2008.

Smart City Wien - Framework Strategy, 2014


Structure to support the development of the city which protects resources, promotes social equity and quality of life, while using innovative new technology in an all-encompassing manner to achieve this. This was developed as part of the Smart City Wien Initiative launched in 2011 and coordinated by the Smart City Wien steering group.

Hamburg Smart City, 2015


A vision for a future Hamburg, which responds to growth and allows the city to be successful through smart technology and multi-disciplinary pilot projects. The city has also drawn together a ‘Digital City Strategy’ to coordinate networked solutions and projects, and significant projects such as SmartPORT Hamburg and HafenCIty Hamburg which showcase the city’s smart capabilities.

Greater Lyon Smart City – Experimenting Today for Better City Living Tomorrow, 2013


A plan which looks to harness the opportunity of an ever growing urban population and changing industries, while ensuring sustainable development and engaging citizens along the way. A particularly related strategy is ‘Lyon Smart City: Let’s Invent a Co-smart City Together!’ which outlines ways of using the collective intelligence of stakeholders in different industries in order to develop Lyon as a smart city.

Rest of the World

Digital Canberra A Leading Digital City Action Plan 2014 – 2018, 2014


Plan which sets out the roadmap towards a city that implements innovative digital solutions in an inclusive and integrated manner to improve the lives of all inhabitants. Related to this plan is the ‘Canberra Statement of Ambition’, which sets out the direction of travel for the ACT Government, including the goal of “embracing the digital mindset”.

Smart City Policy for the City of Sydney, 2016


Devised by the Sydney Matters Independent Team to allow the city to use technology and data in an innovative way to improve the way that the government and community work together. Sydney Matters Independent release a number of other policy papers covering a variety of different areas relating to Sydney.

Building a Smart + Equitable City, 2015

New York City

Led by the Mayor’s Office of Technology, this strategy looks to improve the lives of residents by implementing new technology and the internet of things across a variety of sectors, and coordinating with other organisations and governments to do so. This strategy builds on the overarching vision of ‘One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City’ published in 2015, which envisioned a sustainable and resilience city.

Smart Nation Singapore


Smart Nation Singapore aims to capitalise on the advances in digital technology that have opened up new possibilities to enhance the way Singapore’s citizens live, work, play, and interact; in order to to support better living, stronger communities, and create more opportunities, for all.

Melbourne as a smart city


Melbourne’s Smart Vision focuses on working with the community (residents, workers, businesses, students and visitors) to design, develop and test the best ways for its citizens to live, work and play in the city. The City Council aims to intelligently prepare for the changing needs of the community, the environment and the economy.