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NDL Participates in CityNext

Specialist software house NDL is committed to engaging government, businesses and citizens to shape the next generation of cities

Software house NDL, which works with over 200 UK local authorities, housing associations and Health Trusts, today (Monday 9th December 2013) announced it is working with Microsoft on CityNext, an initiative designed to help governments, businesses and citizens reimagine what is next for their cities.

For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas and nearly 70 percent of people will live in cities by 2050. This ongoing migration creates unprecedented opportunities, but also intensifies problems such as aging infrastructure, hazards to public health and safety, pollution, crime and traffic. Through the CityNext initiative,  Microsoft and NDL will help leaders to do “new with less,” by combining the power of technology with innovative ideas to connect  governments, businesses and citizens with city services that increase efficiencies, reduce costs, foster a more sustainable environment and cultivate communities where people thrive.

NDL specialises in providing software to local councils and NHS trusts which integrates existing IT systems together and helps organisations introduce new ways of using those existing systems to build new innovative applications on mobile and tablet technology, allowing employees to work out and about in community settings. 

Both these applications are highly relevant to CityNext as NDL’s managing director, Declan Grogan, explained:  “Microsoft’s CityNext initiative is all about helping organisations across the world get more from their resources by making better use of technology, and this is exactly what we are helping public sector organisations do here in the UK. 

“With the vast majority of the UK population already living in cities, there may be some helpful parallels that can be drawn with countries that are currently experiencing rapid urban growth. Having said that, it’s also true that many of our own public sector organisations are hampered by miss-matched unintegrated legacy IT systems and poor data handling while at the same time facing ongoing budget cuts which means they can’t be replaced.

“It’s  all too easy to assume that the effects of these information silos are only felt by IT departments and administrative staff, but the reality is that it goes right to the frontline – ill-informed decisions, often made because of incomplete information, have time and again had devastating consequences on people who use public services, who are often the most vulnerable in society.  The good news is we now have the tools to change this and to develop new ways of working to prevent history repeating itself.  We welcome the Microsoft’s CityNext initiative and its fresh impetus to help government, public sector organisations and citizens adapt to the rapidly changing way we live and work together.”

 “We’re thrilled to partner with NDL on CityNext. Microsoft prioritizes putting people and partners first in our initiatives and CityNext is no different,” said Laura Ipsen, corporate vice president Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector.  “Even though cities are feeling the strain from economic challenges, we believe a new era of innovation will create opportunities for people to utilize technology to accomplish what they never thought possible.  We’re inspired by our diverse partner ecosystem and know that working together we can help cities realize their full potential.”