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Berkshire authorities call for innovative solutions from businesses

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Berkshire businesses have been asked to develop Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to tackle real challenges faced by local authorities in the delivery of their services.

The £500,000 challenge is part of the Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster project. The project is led by Reading Borough Council, with partner authorities: Wokingham, West Berkshire and Bracknell Forest. The two-year project, which is funded by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, is delivering state of the art IoT communications across the region.

This call includes 5 challenges, focused on:

  • development of the IoT (Reading Borough Council)
  • developing a centre for community arts and culture (Wokingham Borough Council)
  • tackling climate change (Reading Borough Council)
  • tackling climate change through schools (Bracknell Forest Council)
  • using chatbots and AI to improve council highways and waste and recycling services (West Berkshire Council)

Grants of up to £100,000 are available for each challenge. Each challenge will include a development and pilot phase so that the benefits can be evaluated and knowledge can be shared as these are common challenges faced by councils across the UK.

For more details, search "Smart City" on the Reading Borough Council e-Tendering portal. Companies wishing to connect and look for partners can visit the Thames Valley Berkshire website.

Contact information

Regeneration and Economy Team