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Bristol and Bath as a Smart City

Smart Cities and the Internet of Things 

The Bristol and Bath region is recognised as a global leader in technology for smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT).

With a leading private fibre optics network around the city connected to a supercomputer and wireless networks, Bristol is Open works closely with the Smart Internet lab at the University of Bristol and global partners such as Nokia, NEC and IBM on the reality of the smart city.

The city hosts Europe’s largest medical IoT project called Sphere, leading UK and European smart city research projects and a thriving IoT meetup. With a combination of university research, startups and global technology firms all in the region, all the elements for smart city development are available.

Startup Zeetta Networks for example is using leading edge Software Defined Networking (SDN)  technology at a Bristol sports stadium to connect tens of thousands of WiFi clients to a reconfigurable enterprise network. IBM and Oracle have development centres in the city and are working alongside the Cabot Institute at University of Bristol on way to manage the vast amounts of data generated across the smart city.

Venturefest Bristol and Bath is highlighting the latest smart city technologies on October 17th at the Watershed in Bristol

There is support for companies looking to move into the region through the Invest Bristol and Bath bureau. Contact John Bradford at for an introduction and support.

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