For many families across Wearside, Sunderland’s annual Christmas light switch-on marks the beginning of the countdown to Christmas. This year, Sunderland City Council’s Smart City team added a unique, technology-enabled twist to the night.
Building a better, cleaner and healthier future for residents and visitors alike, is a key success factor for Sunderland City Council as it strives to grow a dynamic, vibrant and healthy smart city. And becoming carbon neutral – both as a council and as a city - is a key part of this growth as we recognise and commit to global sustainability objectives and ambitious targets set out in our city-wide Low Carbon Framework and in Sunderland City Council’s Low Carbon Action Plan.
Technology continues to play a significant role and is key to equipping children with the digital skills they need as the next generation, and as part of our vibrant city. The team at Mill Hill Nursery have used technology to bridge the physical distance between people, taking steps to combat isolation and loneliness with the help of the nursery's children.
Under the ‘healthy city’ theme, we aim to encourage more people to be physically active, resulting in more people living healthier longer lives and equipping them to enjoy life with increasing independence. The Step Up Sunderland app was designed and launched in July 2019 with the key aim of encouraging residents to be more physically active by taking part in walking activities.
New technology continues to play a significant role in the delivery and support of community care services across the UK and the world. Sunderland’s digital ambitions drive our city forward to remain at the forefront of research and development around assistive technology (AT) and telecare solutions.
The National Assistive Technologies Test-Bed aims to create a sustainable model for first class in-home care, get the very best for service users, their carers and families, and to keep people healthier and independent for longer.
A 5G Project for Sunderland is well underway and designed to deliver superfast internet connectivity to schools, community rooms and numerous areas across the city.
The Living Lab provides staff, students and health professionals with the skills to meet the future challenges facing the healthcare sector.
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