Innovation will be an important aspect of the national and regional response to the Covid-19 crisis. Government has stepped in with unprecedented financial support for companies and employees and Salford has continued to back business continuity throughout this time of national challenge. However, we believe the digital and tech sector has a crucial role to play to help us better respond to real-time challenges and new requirements in service delivery.
The Connected City-region Alliance is in the vanguard of this innovation response.
#DigitalSalford has been the catalyst for bringing together the Connected City-region Alliance – a unique partnership and new mechanism in GMCA for rapid development and deployment of use-case solutions focused on meaningful citizen-based needs-driven technologies and solutions.
Major conurbations around the world are investing heavily in "Smart City" applications - ways of using Internet Of Things, next generation connectivity and highly scalable cloud computing, in a global market valued at $460bn by 2027.
Connected City capabilities extend to many walks of life and are already embedded in society – fitness trackers, smart heating, augmented reality, traffic management, smart doorbells and home monitoring, air quality sensors, building management. The Alliance focuses on prioritising and extending this work with a person and place-centred approach and a team that is ready to mobilise collaboratively with partners and SMEs to bring global best practice to bear to have tangible impacts across the city region at scale. Specifically, the Alliance will drive SME and Connected City Region eco-system development through its design sprint and agile solution methodology to deliver proof of value use cases.
To make Salford the most attractive city for digital enterprise and to establish Salford as a leading digital economy AND in doing so, to ensure that innovation and growth is directly connected to outcomes for Salford people.Our vision