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Manchester launches ITT for digital solutions to solve city centre issues

David Bicknell Published 01 August 2017

Procurement is part of CityVerve smart city demonstrator and will tackle issues raised by 2016 City Centre Review

Manchester City Council has published an invitation to tender looking for digital solutions to address challenges that have come from a review of city centre issues.

The procurement follows the launch of a recent market consultation by the council to ascertain what digital solutions could help address the challenges raised in the review in 2016.

The City Centre Review took place in late 2016 and identified a number of areas that the city council wants to improve for citizens, businesses and visitors.

Among the challenges that emerged from the review were issues around ‘place’, affecting the physical environment of the city centre; rough sleeping, homelessness and begging; public realm; and management and governance.  The procurement is for three innovation pilots including a Mobile City Services Platform; City Sensing; and Homelessness.

This procurement is part of CityVerve, Manchester’s Smart City Demonstrator, which is a consortium of 21 partners led by Manchester City Council that is funded by Innovate UK and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The CityVerve project brings together the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, deployed at city scale to deliver transformative benefits including new business and jobs for Manchester; better healthcare, transport and environment; and more engaged and empowered citizens.

It was established in July 2016 with a two-year remit to demonstrate the capability of IoT applications and address barriers to deploying smart cities, such as city governance, network security, user trust and adoption, interoperability, scalability and justifying investment. 

The invitation to tender opened on 27th July and closes at 11am on 28th August.

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