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24m tech funding boost for Glasgow

The city of Glasgow is to benefit from an additional 24 million in Government funding to boost science and technology, science minister David Willetts announced.

Mr Willetts said that the money would go towards making Glasgow "a model of what a future city could look like and how it could run".

Glasgow City Council won the funding through the Technology Strategy Board after a competition with other cities around the UK to become a "large-scale demonstrator" of future technologies for urban living.

The money will go towards projects to improve transport and mobility, promote healthy living, address community safety and fear of crime and enhance energy efficiency.

Mr Willetts said that the cash would allow Glasgow to trial technologies and systems which would later be adopted by cities in Britain and around the world.

He said: "Where Glasgow leads, the rest of the country follows, and I think the rest of the world follows. This is about what is going to happen in Sao Paulo and Lagos. These are export opportunities."

News that Glasgow has won the competition was welcomed by the Scottish Government. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Generations of talented Scots have helped cement Glasgow's global reputation for innovation and creativity, and I am delighted the city has won its bid to secure the 24 million Future Cities demonstrator.

"The Scottish Government recognises the importance of capitalising on Scotland's strengths and this investment reinforces our reputation as a dynamic and innovative nation. Not only is this really positive for Glasgow, it also provides a great opportunity for other Scottish cities to benefit through the collaborative working of the Scottish Cities Alliance."

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, principal of the University of Strathclyde, welcomed the "major investment" in Glasgow. He said: "The University of Strathclyde's technology and innovation centre will host the revolutionary City Observatory.

"This will allow academic and business and industry researchers to analyse more than 200 information feeds about Glasgow - its health, economy, transport and energy use - to map the relationships between them and to understand how a 21st century city operates. Evaluating these relationships is a fast-growing research area and one in which Strathclyde is playing a pivotal role."

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