Birmingham in world's top 21 'intelligent communities', says global thinktank
Birmingham has officially been recognised as one of the world's 21 top 'intelligent communities' by a respected global thinktank.
The Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF), which analyses the impact of access and information technologies on economic and social development at the community level, has included Birmingham in its 'Smart 21' list of global cities.
Birmingham is the only UK city to be included, and only one of four European cities to make the top 21.
The 21 cities will eventually be whittled down to seven before one of them is named 'Intelligent Community of the Year 2011' next June. That accolade is currently held by Suwon, South Korea, from where the Smart 21 announcement was made on 21 October.
Intelligent Communities Forum co-founder Robert Bell was one of the keynote speakers at this week's Beyond 2010 conference, part of Birmingham's Hello Digital week, an event which further reinforced the city's growing international status as a leading digital city.
Birmingham City Council's deputy leader Paul Tilsley said that Birmingham's success was founded on the work of the organisations which together make up the Digital Birmingham partnership, which he heads.
He added: "This is not about the technology itself but about the way we use it to generate wealth, create jobs, provide more efficient services and improve the quality of life for all our citizens.
"I recognise that there is still much for us to do to encourage businesses to exploit technology, to make our services more personalised, with more scope for citizen self service, and to reduce the number of digital 'have-nots' in our society. However it is great to have independent confirmation that we are moving in the right direction to improve Birmingham for businesses and citizens."
The theme of the 2011 Intelligent City award is 'Health in the Intelligent Community'. The Smart 21 communities are all recognised as having shown innovative approaches to the delivery of better care, as well as an increase in productivity and elimination of unnecessary costs.
They are also promoting the growth of highly competitive clusters of companies in traditional healthcare as well as emerging fields in which ICT is used to improve quality, transparency and productivity in healthcare and life sciences.
Judges said that Birmingham City Council and NHS Birmingham East and North were delivering innovative telecare and telehealth programmes in conjunction with private sector technology manufacturers and the third sector.
The Smart21 of 2011
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
Danville, Virginia, USA
Dublin, Ohio, USA
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Northeast Ohio, USA
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Riverside, California, USA
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Taoyuan County, Taiwan
Windsor-Essex, Ontario, Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The full Intelligent Community Smart 21 announcement is here.