Sheffield is to become the latest UK Smart City

Sheffield’s highway network is expected to undertake a digital overhaul by the city’s highways contractor, Amey, and Smart City operator Connexin this spring. 

Thousands of individual sensors communicating wirelessly will be deployed to the city’s streets, informing relevant authorities of waste bins that are full, grit bins that are empty, drains which need cleaning and trees which demand water.

Cabinet member for Environment, Street Scene and Climate Change at Sheffield City Council, Councillor Mark Jones said: “Using technology in this pioneering way will help the Council in its efforts to tackle the climate crisis while improving standards. Following installation, those who live and work in our city should see a positive impact on their neighbourhoods fairly quickly.”

Operating Streets Ahead, the city-wide highways maintenance contract, Amey hope to use Connexin’s CityOS platform to improve its services and revolutionise service delivery across Sheffield.

James Haluch, Managing Director of Transport Infrastructure at Amey said: “I’m delighted that we’re embracing Connexin’s technology, which is one of the first times it’s been used in a city environment. This will benefit our service delivery and help to improve local communities.”

Connexin is building its CityOS platform which will be able to inform operatives about the condition of street assets in real-time including when to; empty high street bins to avoid overflowing, water trees for preservation, refill grit bins ready for icy conditions and clear gullies to reduce the risk of flash flooding.

Rob Bullock, Chief Sales Officer at Connexin said: “This project has far reaching, long term benefits that go beyond simply delivering service efficiencies. A city with reduced service vehicles is a benefit to everyone and has the potential to become the “new norm” for how services are delivered to cities.”

Another huge benefit to the system will be a reduction in air pollution, with staff making fewer journeys across the city. As a result, residents of Sheffield will benefit from a better quality of life with cleaner and safer living conditions and improved maintenance services which are delivered in a more efficient, sustainable manner.

 “Sheffield is an ambitious and proud city and where we lead, others will follow,” Councillor Mark Jones said.

 

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