Bristol Is Open
Developing the future of our cities
Bristol Is Open is a programmable digital infrastructure which enables R&D and innovation to be carried out at a city scale.
The infrastructure combines optical and wireless network technologies, cloud storage, computing and visualisation facilities (Data Dome). The platform is powered by a ‘City Operating System’ (CityOS) developed by the University’s High Performance Networks group.
The ‘CityOS’ dynamically slices and controls the network to make sure that each user has appropriate connectivity and network provisions.
The network design offers an experimental environment for companies and other partners to test new technologies and markets in communications, cloud and Internet of Things (IoT), without overloading the existing city infrastructure.
Being able to generate data by deploying devices across the city helps companies/partners to better understand both global and local challenges, in areas such as energy, transport, health and waste.
Bristol City Council has opened up access to city-wide data, infrastructure and information, which adds to Bristol Is Open’s strength. It enables citizens, companies and academics together to develop innovative solutions to shape our future cities.
A joint venture between the University of Bristol and Bristol City Council, this collaboration has contributed to the recognition of Bristol as a leading smart city in the UK.