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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    once to install conduit and run fiber closed them up and began offering dark fiber capacity to carriers for less than it would cost them to install it themselves Today the 1 2 million kilometer 720 000 mile network has more than 90 operators and 450 enterprises as primary customers and is now in the final year of a three year project to bring fiber to 100 of public housing which is expected to add 95 000 households to the network Stockholm s Mayor has set a goal of connecting 90 of all households to fiber by 2012 As an information utility the Stokab network has become an engine for driving efficiency in every aspect of government The City s Web site hosts a huge range of applications through which citizens can request and receive service online from applying for social housing for the elderly to a schools portal that facilitates collaboration among students teachers school administrators and parents or guardians Over 95 of renters use the housing department s portal to find apartments and the library portal provides online access to the content of 44 individual libraries After pilot projects in 2005 the city has also instituted a contact center to handle inquiries and complaints from offline citizens and to support users of e services There is a special telephone line for the elderly to call Much of the efficiency gain happens inside the walls of government offices Stockholm uses a Web based tool to manage its operations at all levels from the Municipal Assembly to schools and housing for the elderly The system aims to automate routine administrative tasks such as accounts payable and applying for vacation time and encourage collaboration across agencies Citizens can follow City Council meetings through Internet video Internet radio and broadcast radio as well as having online access to the minutes and documents of each meeting The city is investing about 650 million kronor 59m Euros or US 72 2m in developing the various services and in using IT to reduce operating costs and improve citizen services To prevent redundant investments Stockholm has introduced a coordination program through which agencies apply for funding for e service projects from a central office In 2007 the City of Stockholm published Vision 2030 identifying the key characteristics the city aimed to have by that year In 2030 according to the plan Stockholm would be a world class metropolis offering a rich urban living experience the center of an internationally competitive innovation region and a place where citizens enjoyed a broad range of high quality cost effective social services All employees of the city receive online training three times per year on the goals of the program and the changing nature of their responsibilities The city also uses Web based tools to track progress toward its goals and publishes good examples on the city wide intranet to inspire others Exporting Innovation For over a century Sweden has been an export economy Timber iron ore and hydropower remain

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    Moving in synch Dundee s universities established graduate business incubators and policies promoting the spin out of new companies The University of Abertay Dundee opened the IC CAVE research center to support the computer game and digital entertainment sector A 20 million US 40m Digital Media Park entered into development and by 2007 opened its first phase consisting of 100 000 sq feet 9290 m 2 of space for e businesses Two new marketing partnerships bringing together public private and academic leaders launched Web sites e newsletters and conferences promoting BioDundee to attract life science companies and Interactive Tayside to the digital media sector Several Scottish investment programs support these efforts including Proof of Concept which funds pre commercial research and SMART SPUR which issues grants to small to midsize businesses to develop innovative and commercially viable products and processes By 2007 the life sciences sector employed 3 900 people including 300 scientists from across the world Wyeth Pharmaceuticals announced that it would locate the world s first translational medical research center in the city Meanwhile over 380 digital media businesses have opened or moved into the Tayside region compared with 150 in 2000 They employ more than 3 000 people and generate over 100 million US 198m in annual sales Discovery Card Dundee has also taken digital technology to the people The City Council s Web site began offering online payment and processes to the public in 2002 and by 2007 had collected 25 million US 50m in taxes and fees With more than 60 online applications the Web site is used by 32 of Dundee s population and received satisfactory rankings from 86 of users In 2006 alone it processed 60 000 transactions and collected over 8 million 16m Behind the public face of the Web Dundee developed a comprehensive approach to its digital relationship with citizens It established a Citizen Account database system that captured data on citizens with their permission and used it to pre fill online forms Some of the data was amassed through issuance of the Dundee Discovery Card which replaced 10 separate card related services in the city for everything from bus service and parking to social services The Discovery Card was the first example in Scotland of a university Abertay and City Council sharing a single card for their different purposes One of the outstanding benefits of the Discovery Card in the eyes of the City Council is that it eliminates the social stigma attached to social services cards for low income residents So popular has it become with 44 000 cards issued used by 87 of 12 18 year olds for school meals and bus travel and 85 of 60 year olds for leisure access and bus travel that the Scottish Government decided to deploy a multi application card for the whole country and asked Dundee to run the program Digital Savvy and Community Service This combination of digital savvy with community service is typical of Dundee Broadband is commercially available

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    Fibre optic cables are to be put into the sewers providing residents with high speed connectivity and broadband The new system will be capable of providing speeds of more than 100 Mbps megabits per second to homes businesses and organisations The technology by company H2O has already been used by the council and Dundee University but should be available to 55 000 homes by 2010 Work on installing the system will begin in early 2009 Inclusive solution Where the sewers are not viable H20 will use a method which sees a small 20mm wide slot channelled into the road to lay the cable Elfed Thomas CEO of H2O Networks said Dundee is the most densely populated city in Scotland but this project will see us bringing connectivity to more remote areas as Fibrecity is an all inclusive solution Many households and broadband customers have insufficient connectivity bandwidths because they are attached to legacy networks deployed in the 20th Century that just can t cope with demand Our solution is a totally new network that does not try to connect old and new cables With speeds in excess of 100 Mbps it brings us right into the 21st Century and beyond

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    the world for e commerce Based on this framework Scottish Enterprise a regional agency engaged a wide range of stakeholders in this transformation and through consultation set specific goals for Scottish progress in becoming an e commerce hub The goals included ensuring that by 2002 at least half of Scottish small and midsize enterprises would have Internet connections and one third would be engaged in e commerce and that 20 of all new business start ups would be e commerce companies by the spring of 2001 The Scottish Executive has since established two major programs to help meet these goals Digital Scotland aims to ensure that Scotland obtains and retains maximum economic and social advantage from ICT while a Knowledge Economy Task Force is charged with ensuring the development of a broad based knowledge economy for Scotland 60 Decrease in Unemployment Glasgow has become a natural focal point for these national and regional policy initiatives Telecommunications are 100 digital and highly competitive with costs among the lowest in Europe Glasgow will be one of the first European cities to go live with 3G wireless service and British Telecom has chosen Glasgow as the location for its Data Hosting facility the

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    ICF Helps Partners Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Email Print Login Forum Home Forum Topics Posts Last Post Alumni Alumni This is the Alumni discussion area 3 1 Dec 12 2008 1 00 pm RobertBell CommunityAccelerator Open Innovation Platform 18 2 Dec 12 2013 9 06 am sports Muncipal Broadband Without the Lawsuits 1 1 Jan 27 2011 3 21 pm admin Attacking Digital Exclusion

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    Eastserve is a Web portal www eastserve com little different from government or neighborhood sites in thousands of communities What sets it apart is the way in which it was implemented and the skills of the developers in meeting so many different goals Begun in 2000 the Eastserve project began by surveying residents on their needs for information and their ability to access it Residents identified four priorities employment and training housing policing and street based services As a result the portal design included a virtual police station with anonymous crime reporting a home finder system for public housing and online job searches and resume preparation system among many other features The surveys also revealed that only 19 of residents had access to a computer In response Eastserve tapped a UK Government program that distributed recycled computers in deprived areas in order to launch a 2001 pilot project involving 450 households Each household received a recycled PC or set top box at a subsidized price plus free dial up Internet access for the first three months The project also placed PCs at public access locations including police stations housing offices and youth clubs The pilot was successful enough to lead to a second phase that targeted 4 500 households to receive new or recycled computers added new content to the Web portal tied the project into IT training programs for schools funded by the e Learning Foundation and tackled the problems of financial exclusion Firing On All Cylinders In Phase Two Eastserve began firing on all cylinders thanks to the down to earth advice offered by a Residents Panel of volunteers and volunteer Project Board With 25 of East Manchester residents lacking any access to broadband the project created a wireless Eastserve Broadband network that now links 1 700 households

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    cities together A vibrant centre of new music and culture that was dubbed Madchester in the 1980s it also outperforms in commercial terms While it has 3 per cent of the UK s businesses it has 7 per cent of advertising companies 6 per cent of radio and television companies 4 per cent of software and video games companies and 4 per cent of architecture practices Together with legal and professional services these sectors provide 6 per cent of the jobs in the city However Charles Leadbetter the innovation guru and author of the report said the city too often dwelt on past achievements The future has to be Manchester s focus rather than its inspirational Victorian past he said While it has transformed itself in the past decade with 2bn of investment and 50 000 new jobs progress had to quicken he said as core industries such as pharmaceuticals and finance were declining Doing what you have been doing for the last 10 years won t be enough he told a business audience in the city yesterday Mr Leadbetter called on authorities to pursue new ways of providing services to increase the impact of welfare and education systems Public spending still accounts for 40 per cent of the economy while 420 000 adults in Greater Manchester lack basic skills The cityneeded to concentrate not on infrastructure but people and culture with companies from different sectors collaborating to innovate he said Jonathan Kestenbaum Nesta chief executive said the city s creative companies needed to become more international and also work locally to stimulate the economy There is a good cluster of creative companies here We know they can improve the performance of businesses so we need them doing business locally Nesta is to pay for 300 000 worth of their

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    and home to such companies as Barclays CitiFinancial EDF Energy and T Mobile These companies were attracted by the high quality facilities in a city with attractive wage costs a strong incentive program and the availability of freshly trained labor The same team won public sector funding from the national government and European Commission and invested it in rebuilding the derelict waterfront into a new home for the University of Sunderland a former technical institute that had gained university status in 1992 By 2000 Sunderland had created 9 000 new jobs A second Telematics strategy covering the 1999 2003 period focused on using ICT to promote social inclusion and ensure that everyone benefited from the city s transformation into an Intelligent Community It set new goals including development of a publicly owned ISP and e government hub called the Sunderland Host expansion of the high speed network to businesses and community centers and creation of a one stop Sunderland Portal for citizens business and government users There was no let up however in economic development efforts In 2002 EDS opened its first data center in the North of England in Sunderland During the three years from 2002 to 2004 Sunderland secured 72 of the new jobs entering the region despite having just 11 of the North s population The latest plan called The Sunderland Strategy 2004 07 has focused on exploiting the city s global connectivity and growing knowledge workforce to attract even more inward investment and encourage the formation and growth of small and midsize companies For the past five years the number of net new jobs has increased 4 87 compared with the UK average of 3 17 Sunderland has also seen a measurable improvement in the quality of those jobs with growth primarily in financial and customer services that offer good pay and prospects for advancement From 2004 to 2005 gross weekly pay in Sunderland rose at three times the national average and the average salary for full time employees is almost double the national minimum wage Working Together Sunderland s transformation from industrial has been to Intelligent Community illustrates the power of making many separate elements work in concert For example the city s activism about deploying broadband and willingness to create joint ventures where necessary to reduce risks to the private sector convinced carriers including NTL Telewest BT and Tiscali to provide broadband at competitive costs for speeds up to 10 Mbps Broadband penetration has leaped from 25 two years ago to 75 today The City Council has taken advantage of this connectivity to create an e government portal that delivers a wide range of services to about 30 000 visitors per month Broadband is also the medium for a Virtual Learning Environment created by the City of Sunderland College that is used by more than 20 000 students for training in information technology The electronic village halls created by the first Telematics Strategy are being expanded into multi agency centers which provide healthcare housing

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