Edinburgh and Glasgow come second and third in survey of UK cities’ ‘smartness’


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A new survey based on factors such as the levels of congestion and crime and on the quality of transport, healthcare, energy and productivity put London in first place. I’d have though Edinburgh and Glasgow would have scored higher than London on a few of those, especially on congestion, crime levels and healthcare. Presumably the massive investment in economic activity and thus productivity in London was mainly responsible for their rating.

Here’s the top-ten table:

  1. London
  2. Edinburgh
  3. Glasgow
  4. Bristol
  5. Manchester
  6. Brighton & Hove
  7. Liverpool
  8. Oxford
  9. Birmingham
  10. Milton Keynes

The full report summarised in the Scottish Financial News indicates that the two Scottish cities did well across most of the criteria and gives these examples:

‘Edinburgh’s 16-year smart city journey, for example, has allowed the city to learn from mistakes (such as disparate maintenance of systems and control of systems by separate council units) and apply its ‘One Council’ principle in order to better deliver citizen services.’


‘The traffic system [Glasgow] is integrated with emergency services, helping save lives. Meanwhile a £24 million grant was used to plan smart CCTV rollout, using artificial intelligence to detect suspicious objects and terrorist activity.’

This report follows earlier studies rating Edinburgh and Dundee highly:

More bad news for Ruth and Kezia: ‘Edinburgh is most active UK city for innovation outside London’

Silver medal and second in list of best places to start a new business 2017, it’s….. Edinburgh? No, it’s Dundee. Sit down Edinburgh.



2 thoughts on “Edinburgh and Glasgow come second and third in survey of UK cities’ ‘smartness’

  1. Brian October 21, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Wow! London leads on congestion, crime and healthcare! No doubt on pollution too? Shurely shome mishtake?


  2. Brian October 21, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Delighted to see Edinburgh and Glasgow in those positions, but London’s first place looks suspicious.


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