About Smart Oxford

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.

Smart City Growth diagram
Smart City Growth diagram

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 a set of collaborating organisations from across the public sector (for example, the City & County Councils), academia (e.g. University of Oxford & Oxford Brookes University), business (e.g. Lucy Group) and voluntary and community organisations.

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.

Smart Oxford organisations

The Smart Oxford project board acts to help initiate, orchestrate and support smart city activities & projects carried out by Oxford and Oxfordshire partners by:

Promoting

  • Marketing & publicising Smart Oxford and attracting inward investment.

Advocating

  • Encouraging Oxford city groups to engage in smart-city oriented approaches, and bringing opportunities to the attention of relevant groups.

Researching

  • Developing the knowledge, expertise and discernment on smart-city related solutions, groups and resources worldwide.

Influencing

  • Representing and furthering Oxford’s smart-city-related interests to government- & standards bodies.

Connecting

  • Fostering a network of connections – both between Oxford groups & with external groups.

Match-making

  • Seeking to actively identify complementary needs and opportunities for groups, and acting as a convenor for their collaboration.

Co-ordinating

  • 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.

Advising

  • Counselling city leaders and groups on available smart-city options & strategies, and on their pros and cons.

Harmonising

  • Actively tending to ongoing relationships between relevant groups.

Envisioning

  • 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 Oxford: a Learning City for the 22nd Century

The Oxford Smart City Programme was adopted by the Oxford Strategic Partnership in January 2015 and supports the Oxford 2050 Vision, see below

Oxford 2050 Vision

Oxford 2050 logo

Employment & Learning

To enhance the education and employability of young people, and enable businesses to be more flexible and productive:

  • Science Parks, knowledge spine (Science Vale-Begbroke-Bicester), knowledge arc (Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge)
  • Education/employability initiatives?

People & Communities

To integrate health and social care in the Healthy New Towns, and engage our diverse communities and build cohesion:

  • Healthy New Towns Barton Park, Bicester etc
  • Social / Health Care integration initiative, home monitoring systems?
  • Health & Care Innovation Hub, LiFE (Emergency Traffic Control)
  • Social Care/Well-being – Working on potential project with Better Space, OAHSN etc

Built & Natural Environment

To monitor and reduce pollution levels and carbon usage within the city:

  • Affordable housing / Low carbon
  • DIMES (Distributed Integrated Multi-Use Energy System), Oxfordshire Renewable Energy Mapping, Oxfordshire Hydrogen Hub (Harwell), LEO (Local Energy Oxfordshire) – Oxfordshire County Council iHUB projects
  • Air Pollution sensor network, Flood warning system

Transport & Connectivity

To reduce traffic congestion, encourage the use of low/zero carbon transport, and provide full connectivity for devices and citizens:

  • Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV): DRIVEN, TRACKER, MaaS:CAV, MulitCAV, CAVL4R, Traffic Prediction (CAVs), OmniCAV
  • Integrated Mobility: Zipp.to Multimodal Journey Panner, CATCH!, CASPAR, Cities-4-People, Smart Cycling Detection
  • Electric Vehicles: HelloEV, Go UltraLow Oxford, V2GO (Vehicle to Grid), ELECTRA EV
  • Data Driven: WAZE, oneTransport, Oxfordshire Open Data, Better Cities project
  • High-speed Internet

Culture & Leisure

To provide timely and relevant information for residents and visitors, enabling them to use and experience the full range of world-class retail and cultural activities in Oxford:

  • Community events
  • Museums / Art Galleries / Theatres
  • City Centre Retail (footfall tracking), Visitor engagement (smart phone apps, AR games etc)