We want Croydon to be recognised as a world-class digital and smart city. Using new ideas and technology we’re working to make our borough and our public services smarter and more sustainable.
We have an ambitious smart city programme to use technology and innovation to overcome local challenges by developing solutions that benefit Croydon residents and visitors, while continuing to attract business growth.
Improving digital skills in Croydon
We live in a fast paced tech world and making sure Croydon is ready for the changes is key to the borough’s economic success. Our people are at the centre of this so it’s essential we support growth and skills in our developing tech sector.
As part of our ongoing commitment to help you stay connected, we have produced a series of 3 user-friendly guides designed to help you get online. These free digital learning guides cover step by step internet basics such as:
- connecting to the internet
- understanding Wi-Fi
- searching the web
- creating social media accounts
- how to download apps
Hard copies are available at Croydon Central Library, CALAT centres, Age UK Croydon and other locations.
Schools tech roadshow
65% of children in primary school will go into jobs that don’t even exist yet. That’s why we’ve partnered up with Amazon Web Services, Openreach, the Mayor of London’s Digital Talent Programme and many other digital leaders to deliver digital skills career workshops at secondary schools across Croydon.
Aimed at 11 to 18 year olds, the roadshow aims to raise awareness and aspirations, as well as demonstrate to young people how future jobs and careers are changing and the different tech and digital skills needed for these careers.
Roadshow activities will include Amazon Alexa workshops, virtual reality sessions and GLA digital ambassador talks, allowing young people to hear about the changing tech world, its opportunities and career paths. They will run throughout the spring 2020 term.
If you or your school would like more information, contact email@example.com.
Croydon’s digital strategy
Our digital strategy 2019 to 2024 sets a clear direction for the work of the council’s digital service over the next 5 years, in collaboration with colleagues and external partners, to digitally enhance our borough and transform the council’s systems and services.
As part of this, we’ve created Croydon Digital – a shared space bringing together voices from Croydon businesses, community groups, residents, the council and wider public sector to make things happen and promote Croydon’s digital scene.
High-speed broadband for Croydon
We all want faster, more reliable broadband, so we’re working with several ultrafast network providers to install fibre infrastructure in council blocks and estates to enable broadband speeds of up to up to 1GB to 97% of social housing in the borough.
Surveys will start autumn 2019 and the first installations during winter 2019. We hope to have all blocks and estates completed by the winter 2021.
If you have any queries about works happening where you live, contact the network provider directly:
As the network infrastructure improves across the borough, businesses and those living in private properties will also be able to benefit and have the ability to sign up and access the faster internet speeds.
Getting the best broadband deal
You’re under no obligation to sign-up to the network providers working in your area. If you’re happy with your current service, you can continue with them.
It’s up to you to make sure you get the best deal for your broadband, so be sure to research the options in your area. Find out more about broadband coverage, and run a speed test for your address.
Internet of things
Internet of things (IoT) is a strange term, only really understood by techies, however, in a nutshell, it’s about the things that we use every day being able to collect and exchange data. Like the smart home devices that you may have heard advertised on the TV or radio, which allow you to control things in your home, like your lights, appliances and heating whilst you’re on the move, via a mobile device.
We’re part of the South London Partnership project, alongside Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton councils, which will use IoT to collect new data using internet-connected sensors. This data will help us address challenges and identify opportunities to help people live better, healthier lives and live independently for longer.