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Report: Utilise digital, councils

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Do you work in local government? Are you hoping to radically transform your services? Then you should probably have a look at a new report, as it’s right up your street.

Issued by Public, a firm that aims to help start-up companies transform public services, ‘The Rise of UrbanTech: How new technology is reinventing local public services’ looks at how councils can utilise emerging digital tech to their benefit.

The report, which was written by London’s new Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell, and Public’s Director of Insight, Max Chambers, features case studies of over 50 companies that it claims could ‘help to radically transform council services’.

According to Public, larger ‘budgetary pressures and rising citizen demand have provided a moment of opportunity for local innovation. New digital technologies – including artificial intelligence, smart sensors, big data analytics and new methods of citizen engagement – provided by small and medium-sized firms can deliver solutions for councils to meet the challenges of the coming period.’

Also featured are showcases on the digital transformation agendas of over 20 councils. It’s not all peaches and cream, however. The report notes that problems such as insufficiently ambitious digital agendas and the dominance of large incumbent suppliers ‘who often fail to deliver real innovation’ have to be overcome.

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