Smart Perth and Kinross Strategy

Perth and Kinross Council has now launched a consultation on a Smart Perth and Kinross Strategy.

The Strategy is one of the first to be completed in Scotland and is part of Perth’s participation in the Smart Cities Scotland initiative launched last year by Keith Brown MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.  Perth is also benefitting from a share of £10m of European funding to support smart city projects which will include an Open Data Platform; Innovation Lab; City Operations Centre; Intelligent Street Lighting and Smart Waste.

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 strategy will be subject to a period of consultation and will be revised in line with the feedback received.  Following this a road map will be developed that will provide a framework for a smarter Perth and Kinross.

Councillor John Kellas, Convener of the Enterprise & Infrastructure Committee, said: “The Smart Perth and Kinross strategy complements the Perth City Plan ‘Smarter Growth for Perth City’ 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 Consultation is open until Wednesday, February 1st.

The draft Strategy document can be viewed in full here, while the consultation itself can be accessed from this link.

For any enquiries, contact us:

smartperthandkinross@pkc.gov.uk