Embracing innovation and digitalisation is critical for local authorities as they seek to rebuild local economies after the pandemic.

But what tools do they need to equip themselves with? How do they access them? And how do they unlock the maximum benefits for their citizens and build thriving towns while ensuring value-for-money?

Who’s speaking?

Gaist’s Steve Birdsall is to sit on the panel of a webinar which will discuss this topic. Hosted by AppyWay, the intelligent kerbside and smart parking organisation, it will also feature Steven Stead, Director at SSE Enterprise and Appy’s Head of Mobility, Ben Boutcher West.

What will we learn?

The webinar will explore the opportunities that can be unlocked for councils through a data-driven, digital approach to managing their services – including their vital infrastructure. It will also provide examples of forward-looking local authorities who are already benefiting from the adoption of digital ways of working, identify the barriers to digital transformation, explore funding sources and examine what data authorities need and in what form.

The AppyWay story

AppyWay, whose founder, Dan Hubert, appeared on the BBC’s Dragon Den, was founded in 2013 with an app to help UK motorists looking for a parking space. Today it is revolutionising how authorities manage parking and traffic processes through a digitalised approach.

Gaist works with AppyWay as a strategic partner. Our work supporting Cumbria County Council to embrace innovative solutions was recently featured in a new AppyWay ebook, designed for local authorities.

The ebook, Unlocking thriving towns through digital innovation showcases our joint project with Cumbria  and the Department for Transport- BridgeCat.  It uses sonar, an underwater camera and sensors, to monitor bridge condition and the damage caused by floodwater so as to improve resilience at key flooding hotspots.

The book also details our work with Cumbria to transform statutory highways safety inspections – making them more efficient and streamlined and helping to contribute towards improved road safety for both drivers and cyclists.

How do I take part?

The webinar will take place on 6 May. To take part, register here.