GeoSpock and Smart Cambridge form commercial smart city partnership
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:
Aerial view of Cambridge's city centre; credit: Wikimedia/Cmglee

GeoSpock, an extreme-scale spatial big data company has formed an commercial alliance with the Greater Cambridge Partnership, which is the first public sector organisation to sign up to its G-Cloud initiative,

The Smart Cambridge team will use GeoSpock’s spatial big data platform to develop a data-first smart city strategy and improve decision making. This will support the work of the Greater Cambridge Partnership and is expected to bring tangible benefits to the lives of residents, businesses and visitors, including improvements to traffic flow and citizen mobility, as well as to environmental initiatives and the future planning of the city.

GeoSpock will unlock siloed data with the region and provide a ‘common data transformation’ platform as a service, run on Amazon AWS Cloud. Smart Cambridge will use this to share information for the benefit of its staff and third-party organisations working on urban innovation projects. The company claims that this approach will allow local councils to better plan for the future development of new homes and businesses, as well as for public utilities and infrastructure, such as electric charging points, smart roads, autonomous bus routes, and smart energy networks. Predictive analysis and real-time management of people’s needs will also allow councils to plan resourcing ahead of time and improve sustainability.

Richard Baker, CEO of GeoSpock, said: “Cambridge is one of the leading and most progressive smart cities in the UK, and we’re thrilled to be embarking on this partnership to showcase how GeoSpock’s technology can develop the city’s future smart ecosystem. We are passionate about delivering better contextual understanding to enable more informed decisions for the benefit of the citizens, visitors, and businesses of the region – particularly as the area is also home to GeoSpock’s headquarters.”

Claire Ruskin, executive board member for the Greater Cambridge Partnership, and CEO of Cambridge Network, added:“GeoSpock’s spatial big data platform is extremely impressive and I’m eager to see the successes we can achieve together. This is an exciting new relationship for the Greater Cambridge Partnership that will provide a digital platform to support the transport infrastructure investments taking place in our region. By bringing together data that is currently locked in separate silos, Smart Cambridge will be able to input into decisions that enhance people’s access between homes and daily destinations, optimise traffic flow, and reduce CO2 emissions.”



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