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Glasgow bags Smart City cash windfall

Glasgow has won a £24million Government-backed ‘smart city’ grant, after beating off competition from 30 other British cities and towns

The plan is too use real-time information about transport, energy, crime and health to demonstrate how integrated data management can improve both the local economy and the quality of life.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, science minister David Willetts said: “Where Glasgow leads, the rest of the country follows, and I think the rest of the world follows. This is about what is going to happen in Sao Paulo and Lagos. These are export opportunities.”

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson, under fire for scraping the George Square design competition, said: ‘This is a huge boost to Glasgow’s ambitions to build a better future for our city and its people.

‘By linking everything from foot and vehicle traffic to council tax collection and hospital waiting lists we can ensure we are being as innovative and smart to meet the continued challenges of a modern and future city life.’

The grant was offered by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), a body set up by the government in 2007 to stimulate technology-enabled innovation.

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