Smart Cities Scotland

Through the Scottish Cities Alliance millions of pounds are being invested to make Scotland’s cities smarter, using new technologies to accelerate and transform the delivery of city services.

Aberdeen City Region
Tay Cities Region
Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region
Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Region
Inverness & Highland City Region
Aberdeen City RegionTay Cities RegionEdinburgh & South East Scotland City RegionGlasgow and Clyde Valley City RegionInverness & Highland City RegionStirling.

The ‘Scotland’s 8th City – the Smart City’ ERDF Strategic Intervention is an ambitious programme of collaborative innovation across Scotland’s cities.

By working together the seven cities are driving forward a vision to make cities more attractive, liveable and resilient through data and digital technology.

The programme’s aim is to expand Smart City capabilities and deliver city priorities through improved community engagement, integration of service delivery and innovation.

The ‘8th City’ programme is being progressed via ‘Phase 1’ ERDF grant of £10 million enhanced by Scottish cities match funding of approximately £14.5 million to create a £24.5 million programme of Smart City projects across all cities. It is anticipated that a similar level of support may be available to support a Phase 2 of the programme running from 2019 to 2022.

Phase 1 of the 8th City programme currently includes 29 different projects - with a focus on both investment in enabling infrastructure and support for pilots and trials. These projects are being developed in support of the following ERDF Operations:

  • Open Data
  • Smart Communities / Mobile Working
  • Smart Services: Energy
  • Smart Services: Mobility
  • Smart Services: Waste
  • Smart Services: Public Safety
  • Smart Infrastructure: Innovation Labs
  • Smart Infrastructure: Intelligent Street Lighting
  • Smart Infrastructure: Water Management

The new technologies being developed and adopted by the cities as part of these projects will help improve air quality, traffic flow, cut pollution and allow planners to gain insight into the way each city works, which will in turn improve the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the cities.

By engaging collaboratively on the 8th City programme Scotland’s cities are increasing their Smart City’ status by creating thriving digital hubs which are globally recognised as a key attractor for investors.

The 8th City Programme Management Office is based within Glasgow City Council and can be contacted at

Twitter: #smartcitiesscotland


Smart Cities Scotland Blueprint

Smart Cities Scotland Maturity Model and Self-Assessment tool

Smart Cities Scotland Investment Roadmap

Smart Cities Scotland and the Alliance Q&A

8th City Programme Quarterly Updates


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