Jo Barker, Assistant Director of Digital
Partnership, John Saul, Business Relationship Manager and Lynn
Spendilow, Business Analyst updated Members on progress of the
recommendations in a report produced in May 2016 following the
review undertaken by the Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny
Committee on Smart Cities.
In the discussion the following points were made -
The Smart Cities Advisory Board provides leadership in implementing
the Council’s Digital Collaboration Strategy, together a
panel of citizens, key partners, private sector experts and
technology providers including technology specialist such as
InLinks UK, Microsoft, Three, private
consulting firms and local authorities have been brought in to
provide expertise and knowledge.
The Advisory Board has produced an action plan.
Members welcomed the inclusion of representatives of Age UK on the
advisory board so that everyone’s views are taken into
consideration while shaping the strategy.
The Council continues to retain ownership of data collated through
the internet of Things and Smart cities. It was suggested that that
officers should ensure that valuable data shared and in the
possession of third parties is not lost. It could be used by the Council in the future
especially as it plans for the delivery of or shaping its
In response to a question on the baseline audit, the Business
Analyst informed Members that Internal Audit is reviewing all
Council services that have potential for smart cities involvement,
as it was important not to reinvent what is working. Members were
informed that having other local authorities on board was a
positive thing as lessons and experiences are shared so as to avoid
With regards to consultation, its methodology and community
engagement, two years ago the committee received a presentation on
an interactive consultation tool called ‘Common Place’
and it was suggested that officers liaise with their counterparts
in Waltham Forest which employed the tool while undertaking a
Members were advised of the ‘soft’ launch of the Clean
Islington app which was still being tested. The intention is that it would be integrated with
other Council systems.
In response to concerns about digital exclusion, the meeting was
informed that this was an ongoing discussion with their various
partners and is also being addressed through the Council’s
apprenticeship programme, various online forums and
With regards to the impact of Digital Champions, Members were
advised that the initiative was
successfully taken up by council officers when launched especially
with the provision of tablets, however interest faded especially
when it involved community engagement.
The possible extension of digital services into the issues around
anti-social behaviour would be considered as the present system
which involved calling a telephone hotline is not for purpose in
today’s modern digital society and that victims should be
offered an online platform where it is easy to log and report cases
quickly. Officers welcomed the suggestion and indicated that this
would be fed back to the Advisory Board
Members were advised that housing officers were piloting an app to
monitor noise nuisance in their estates. If successful the app would be extended to areas other
than reporting complaints by the residents such as being used by
council officers for identifying hot spot areas and resources
That the report be noted.