The city of Newcastle in the UK recently launched a website – NCLEUS.com – featuring its smart and sustainable projects, businesses, and research. Newcastle was recognized as UK Smart City of the Year 2019, Connected Britain’s Smart City Initiative 2020, and ranked 23rd on the global IMD Smart City index.
“Newcastle has a proud history of exporting world changing ideas and innovations. Today the city is embracing technology, data, and new ways of working to deliver better services and improve people’s lives,” said Councillor Ged Bell of Newcastle City Council. “NCLEUS gives visibility to the exciting and innovative projects and companies within the local area. It also shows why Newcastle is seen as a great location for smart city businesses and investors.”
NCLEUS was developed by smart city consultancy Urban Foresight, in partnership with the Newcastle City Council. A key aim of the site is to strengthen the city’s innovation community by creating new partnerships and commercial opportunities. It features a directory that profiles Newcastle’s smart businesses and contributed blogs from companies including: The Algorithm People, ProxiSmart, NBS, and Grid Smarter Cities. It also showcases research from the city’s universities, and the Urban Observatory which maintains the UK’s largest set of publicly available real time data.
“Newcastle is a city that is buzzing with opportunities and advances in smart city technologies and services” said David Beeton, CEO at Urban Foresight. “NCLEUS provides a unique resource to share the ideas, insights and people that make Newcastle an ideal test bed for innovative new products and services.”