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Smart Perth and Kinross Strategy

Perth and Kinross Council has a Smart Perth and Kinross Strategy.

The Strategy sets out the keys areas that the Council wishes to progress as a smart city and county and is part of Perth’s participation in the Smart Cities Scotland initiative launched in 2015.  Perth is also participating in the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 8th City Initiative which is providing funding to support smart city projects which include an Open Data Platform; Innovation Lab; City Operations Centre; Intelligent Street Lighting; Smart Waste and Mobile Working.  Details of these projects can be found here.

A smart city is defined as one that ‘uses data and technology to enhance the delivery of city services, promotes economic growth; increases sustainability; and engages more actively with its citizens.’  The Strategy has been developed to guide the implementation of projects in Perth and Kinross as well as provide a framework within which further initiatives can be developed with stakeholders.

Ideas and initiatives for a smarter Perth and Kinross are set out under six key themes: Smart Government; Smart Living; Smart Mobility; Smart People; Smart Environment and Smart Economy. The Smart Perth and Kinross strategy complements the Perth City Plan and looks at how we can enhance digital infrastructure, grow the digital sector, employment and skills within the wider region.

The development and implementation of the Strategy will increase the ability of Perth and Kinross to compete with other city regions in an ever more connected world, while also benefitting from increasing collaboration with neighbouring authorities.

The Strategy document can be viewed in full here.

Perth – Smart Energy Network (SEN) SBRI Competition

Perth and Kinross council (PKC), in collaboration with the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund and Innovate UK will be running a SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) two phase competition, starting on the 31st Jan 2019. PKC aims to explore innovative technologies and processes to design and develop solutions and prototype a functional Smart Energy Network in the PKC estate.

Scotland can do

The deregulation of the energy market has opened up new possibilities and opportunities in the development of energy management systems. The ability to generate, store and trade energy at distance, between unconnected sites is a revolution in energy management. These new smart, flexible energy systems offer great potential for any organisation that manages a dispersed and diverse portfolio of properties such as a council or the NHS or Police or MoD, with the potential to reduce energy costs and the carbon footprint of the organisation that can successfully implement such a system.

After a competitive selection process, PKC has chosen the five project teams to take on this challenge in Phase 1 of the competition. They are –

Team Lead – iPower Energy Ltd with Urban Chain Ltd, Kiwi Power Ltd & PureDrive Energy Ltd
Team Lead – StorTera with Solo Energy
Team Lead – New Resource Partners with SMP
Team lead – Scene Connect Ltd with Locogen & Swanbarton
Team Lead – Energievan with Energy eXchange Enablers & Bax & Co

Perth and Kinross Council is looking forward to working with all the teams in this exciting development in Energy Management Systems and we wish all the Phase 1 teams the very best of fortune for a productive and beneficial competition.

The Perth Idea Exchange: Smart Economy Hack – With CodeTheCity


In advance of the upcoming launch of the Famous Grouse Ideas Centre, and the launch of the Perth open data platform, Perth & Kinross Council and Code The City are running an event to bring together a diverse set of individuals and groups to examine one theme: how can we build a resilient, forward-facing and “Smart” Economy in Perth and Kinross?

Specifically, we’ll be looking at how we can build and cultivate the region’s budding industries and tackle issues specific to the area, making creative use of local and national open data, and building on the Perth and Kinross’ open data platform. Over the course of two days, participants from all backgrounds, including small businesses, Council representatives, and developers, will identify the economic challenges and opportunities facing the city and surrounding region, generate and develop ideas, and prototype data-driven solutions.

An official Feeder Event for Venturefest Scotland – Scotland’s innovation summit.

Who should attend?

Anyone – but particularly:

  • Small businesses (especially in the creative and digital sectors), including potential users of the Ideas Centre, and laterCreative Exchange
  • Staff from Council and Community partners
  • Developers, designers, UX experts, data wranglers, coders, service designers
  • Third sector representatives
  • Students/Staff from Universities, Colleges, and other institutions


What will attendees gain from attending?

  • A sense of achievement from contributing to the development of ideas
  • Building skills and links (an open data eco-system) – for future events, future ad-hoc cooperation
  • Potential to identify new markets/business opportunities through the prototype work over the course of the session.
  • Opportunity for businesses and other attendees to network, possibly with organisations they wouldn’t normally interact with.
  • Make use of and promote the use of Council and National open data to apply to challenges.
  • Opportunity to pitch concept to “business angels” for early feedback during the event’s closing sessions.


What format will the event take?

It will follow the successful model created by Code The City and used in previous events:

  • Define “Smart Economy” theme, break it down into relevant sub-groups
  • Identification of sectoral needs of participants
  • Identify potential opportunities or challenges in the delivery, operation or access to services in “Smart Economy”
  • Breaking into groups, ideation sessions, to address these identified challenges in order to generate the best ideas possible
  • Form teams and work through each idea: developing these to envision what future states might be
  • Identification of existing open data sets (or creation/sourcing of new open data) which can be used to create new applications/services/products
  • Iterative development of prototype solutions or models
  • A final group session – including opportunity to present to panel of “business angels”


What should attendees bring?

A good sense of city and regional challenges on the day – engagement with theme/challenges is recommended prior to event.


In addition, if you are coder or developer, or need specific software or web access, bring laptops and potentially datasets related to their own area of expertise/interest.


If you are interested in photographing the event, creating video, or blogging about it, please being what you need to do that.

What good will they do?

  • Building up a sense of what clients will make use of the Ideas Centre, how they might want to see it being used.
  • Prototyping potential projects for further collaboration
  • Promoting both the Perth Creative Exchange and the Open Data Project

What will happen with the event’s outcomes?

Initially: Survey

Longer-term: Contact attendees about advancing the prototypes/raised ideas from the event

Use as a springboard for future Open Data and Creative Exchange-related events, based on feedback and ideas raised Feed any generated data back into PKC’s Open Data infrastructure

Contact the organisers:


Scottish Cities Alliance

The Scottish Cities Alliance is the unique collaboration of Scotland’s seven cities – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling – and the Scottish Government, working together to promote the country’s great economic potential.

Perth and Kinross’ smart city projects are being developed in partnership with the Alliance’s flagship Smart Cities Scotland programme, and will benefit from £10 million of European funding to support smart city projects throughout Scotland’s cities.

Invest In Perth

Perth and Kinross is supporting businesses and promoting investment opportunities through the Invest in Perth initiative, which is supporting the Smart Perth and Kinross Strategy’s vision for a digital, well-connected economy that is attractive to investors, businesses, and residents alike.

Open Data

Perth and Kinross Council is committed to an “Open by Default” approach to publishing non-sensitive data, which will include both existing and new smart city datasets. An Open Data Platform is currently being developed which will present data on a range of topics, from public building energy usage to parking locations.

Our Open Data Platform

flickr photo by justgrimes shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

Intelligent Street Lighting

Existing street lighting in Perth and Kinross is being upgraded to LED lights for economic and environmental reasons. At the same time we will deploy “intelligent” lighting in some pilot locations, which will have a sensor-controlled dimming capability in response to motion. These will give further energy and cost savings, help in fault finding and repairs and will also feed data into a Central Management System.

City Operations Centre

For safer streets and improved traffic management, the Council will upgrade CCTV and develop an integrated City Operations Centre. This will allow for a better and faster responses to public safety issues and traffic congestion thanks to good quality real-time data, and enhanced joint-working between the Council and Police Scotland.

Perth City Wi-Fi

The ability to access the internet from wherever you are, for personal or business reasons, is becoming an expectation of many people and is also essential to creating a vibrant and competitive retail and tourism economy. The Council is installing free Wi-Fi in Perth city centre, and will explore opportunities to enhance the availability of public Wi-Fi elsewhere in Perth and Kinross.

Innovation Hub

The Council is developing a new facility – Creative Exchange Perth – to incubate and accelerate small businesses with a focus on the digital and creative sectors. This will offer affordable offices, high-speed broadband, and audio-visual facilities together with spaces to foster collaboration and networking. This will include an ‘Innovation Lab’ to act as a focus for entrepreneurs in the growing digital and creative economy.