Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Smart Oxford is the strategic programme of a wide range of city partners working together to develop and promote Oxford as a smart city.
By ‘smart’ we mean creating an environment and infrastructure that engages with the current step-change in digital technologies to support the generation & sharing of city information and to facilitate the development of innovative city-related solutions more effectively, cheaply, sustainably, fairly and inclusively.
The Vision of Smart Oxford is of a city where innovative ideas, active citizens, and aligned stakeholders come together to co-create a better Oxford.
Our region has challenging environmental, transportation, social and housing problems, but also the capacity and capability to develop, test and deploy the technologies that can help address them.
Our aim is to build a stronger, safer, economically and environmentally sustainable city, to help its people to identify and be part of city solutions, to provide a testbed for world class researchers and innovators, to generate growth and jobs, to advance economic & social prosperity, and to help improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of city services.
How is the initiative co-ordinated?
The Smart Oxford initiative is overseen by the Oxford Strategic Partnership (OSP), a set of collaborating organisations from across the public sector (for example, the City & County Councils, NHS, & Police), academia (e.g. University of Oxford & Oxford Brookes University), business (e.g. Unipart) and voluntary and community organisations (e.g. Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action). An overview of the OSP membership is given here.
Day-to-day co-ordination and planning of the Smart Oxford programme is carried out by members of the Smart Oxford project board, individuals drawn from local organisations. The current board membership is viewable here
and its remit is given below.
The Smart Oxford project board acts to help initiate, orchestrate and support smart city activities & projects carried out by Oxford and Oxfordshire partners by:
Marketing & publicising Smart Oxford and attracting inward investment.
Encouraging Oxford city groups to engage in smart-city oriented approaches, and bringing opportunities to the attention of relevant groups.
Developing the knowledge, expertise and discernment on smart-city related solutions, groups and resources worldwide.
Representing and furthering Oxford’s smart-city-related interests to government- & standards bodies.
Fostering a network of connections – both between Oxford groups & with external groups.
Seeking to actively identify complementary needs and opportunities for groups, and acting as a convenor for their collaboration.
Liaising with groups Oxford-wide to encourage their engagement with the programme goals, and to minimise duplication or conflict of relevant plans and activities across Oxford.
Counselling city leaders and groups on available smart-city options & strategies, and on their pros and cons.
Actively tending to ongoing relationships between relevant groups.
With an eye always to the big-picture, and informed by a strategic overview of the global, national & local scene, and the needs & resources of Oxford.
Smart city activities
A range of smart-city related projects is being undertaken by Oxford partners and can be found on this website. The Smart Oxford board supports existing and proposed Oxford projects through orchestration, liaison, promotion and advice. It also works closely with Oxford groups to help identify opportunities, match them with local needs, connect potential partners, and help convene consortia.
The Oxford Smart City Programme was adopted by the
Oxford Strategic Partnership in January 2015.