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Secretary of State approves first City Deal for Northern Ireland

The Secretary of State has signed off on a Belfast Region City Deal which could deliver an investment boost worth more than £1 billion to the Northern Ireland economy.

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Last mile delivery

Smart, low cost solutions to optimise freight and cargo deliveries in urban centres.

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Belfast trailblazing in 5G

Queen’s University Belfast researchers win major global award for 5G network research.

Belfast joins global ‘City Possible’ programme

Belfast has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mastercard to become the latest member of its new 'City Possible' programme.

What is ‘Hello Maritime Mile’?

We're part of a pilot project that’s using technology to create an engaging and fun experience for visitors and residents exploring the Maritime Mile in the Titanic Quarter, Belfast.

Poster for Belfast Region City Deal

Belfast Region City Deal £350 million

Belfast Region City Deal partners welcomed news of £350 million investment from Treasury announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in the Autumn Budget, 29 October 2018. As part of the deal, the NI Executive is expected to add at least a further £350 million and councils will contribute over £100 million.

Smart Belfast investing in urban innovation

The region offers more than simply skilled people, competitive costs and great infrastructure; it's a location that delivers altogether more for investors. Belfast, Northern Ireland has exactly what investors are looking for - a workforce that is educated, smart, innovative and results-driven. Combine this with a superb infrastructure, competitive costs and excellent support packages and you have the ideal location.

Using satellites to study urban air pollution

We're part of a UK Space Agency 'Space for Smarter Government' project that’s using satellite technology to help our planners and residents understand urban air pollution.

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Building a resilient city

Belfast is part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities global programme to support us in dealing with the physical, social and economic challenges of the 21st century.

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The future of city planning

We have been working with partners to explore the future of planning and the potential of new digital technologies to support systems that are more responsive to radical change and more centred around the future needs of citizens.

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Bringing immersive tech to the mainstream

Belfast has become a magnet for talent in music, theatre, film and television. In a statement of our ambition the city has established a national Immersive Lab that seeks to bring Virtual and Augmented Reality Tech into the home, the office and on to the factory floor.

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Collaborating for urban innovation

Working with Invest NI we established the ‘Smart Belfast Collaborative Challenge’ which provides funding to SMEs to work together to explore innovative opportunities in the areas of Active Living, Tourism and Transport.

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Urban drone technologies

With a strong aeronautical engineering tradition, it’s not surprising that Belfast is also emerging as an ideal testbed for urban drone technologies.

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Illuminate the playable city

The concept of a playable city is one which encourages city-dwellers to engage with public spaces in playful, fun and creative ways.

Building a personal visitor experience

Our tourism industry is thriving; we have a unique offering and our visitors love it. We’re working with partners to find better ways to collect, share and analysis real-time tourist data in order to build the world-class offering.

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Intelligent city cycling

Cycling is a key solution to urban mobility. More cyclists means less commuters, reduced congestion and pollution while increasing the health and happiness of our citizens. Knowing more about cycling behaviour can help planners make our city more welcoming to cyclists.

Using machine learning to support rates collection

Embracing machine learning technology to improve rates collection.

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Belfast, leading the way in urban innovation

The Smart Belfast framework is about creating the circumstances in which cross-sectoral innovation can flourish to address urban challenges.

Securing smart cities

Belfast is gaining a global reputation as a cyber security hub with the Centre for Secure Information Technologies now the largest cyber security centre in Europe.