WEBINAR Smart Cities Principles and Smart Rural

WEBINAR Smart Cities Principles and Smart Rural
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"Slow digital services are marginalising rural areas.

Rural inhabitants risk becoming "second-class" citizens in the digital revolution as urban dwellers benefit from next-generation broadband and 5G mobile, MPs have said." The Guardian.

Latest figures suggest 8,500 businesses in Shropshire are located in areas in which it has been identified that more than 25% of lines are unable to receive broadband speeds over 10 mbps, with that figure as high as 46% in some locations.

What impact is this having on productivity in the county?  Is this a solvable issue? Our series of webinars will explore the challenges and opportunities rural businesses and communities have for improved communication technologies through the lens of People, Profit and Planet.

Hosted by Professor (v) Dr. Julieanna Powell-Turner and with speakers from various sectors, the webinars will allow for debate on the current technologies on offer such as 5G, LoRaWAN and Airband. They will showcase examples of their applications for rural areas as a tool for connecting people and services across the sectors of environment and health.

Each webinar will consist of a pre-recorded presentation by the speaker followed by the opportunity to ask questions.

Planned schedule of webinars (subject to change):

23rd March:

Opening remarks Professor (v) Dr. Julieanna Powell-Turner, [email protected] Now available to download here: Opening Remarks

Opportunities for digital connectivity between People, Profit and Place: Iceland Case Study of Smart Rural Tinna Arnardóttir, Eco-Innovation Project Manager, University of Chester.  This webinar is now available to view here.

30th March:

Smart Cities Principles and Smart Rural​ Nohman Awan, Digital Construction Lead, Balfour Beatty

6th April:

Current picture of Shropshire in relation to digital connectivity Chris Taylor, Programme Manager, Connecting Shropshire

Introduction to Airband applications Pip Hallewell, Business Manager, Airband

20th April:

Case Study: Making Rural Scotland "Smarter" Paul Lindop, Project Manager, Smart Rural Co-op Scotland

27th April:

Rural connectivity and business productivity Dr Fiona Williams, Geography and International Development, University of Chester

4th May:

Rolling out Connectivity Tracy Savill, 5G Action Learning Network Lead, Connected Places Catapult

11th May:

The Future of Rural Mobility Valerie Hastie, Senior Policy Officer, Midlands Connect

18th May:

5G Projects and Updates for the West Midlands Lesley Holt, Stakeholder Engagement Lead, WM5G

1st June:

A recap on the areas we have discussed and panel webinar for Q&A

To receive a link enabling you to join any of these webinars please click here and let us know which one(s) you are interested in attending.

If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘Smart Rural’, this video provides some background to the concept of ‘Smart Villages’.

[email protected] is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

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