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Others should follow Bristol's 'smart city' lead, says Minister

DCLG - Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities has said that more towns and cities in the UK should follow Bristol's endeavours to create a 'smart city' to better connect and automate services.

Smart cities use an 'intelligent infrastructure' including remote sensors and ubiquitous wireless internet, to enhance the performance of buildings, energy consumption, healthcare and transport and others, to reduce costs and engage more effectively with citizens.

"Bristol is showing there are ways to smarter and more collaborative city services" Clark told the Sunday Times last week. "From street lighting to efficient energy use, technology is making cities more reactive and interactive. It would be great to see more towns and cities making greater use of technology to better meet citizens' needs."