Collaboration amongst all the relevant players and a focus on the human experience is essential to the design of a Smart (er) London. The previous mayor has done much but more needs to be done for London to become truly smart. By Rudy de Waele.
Without a doubt, for London citizens and its visitors, the most important benefits of a smart London are better transportation, better air quality, improved Wi-Fi and broadband connectivity and continuously updated information. Open data and the existence of a number of accelerators and incubators pushing the boundaries of innovation within the start-up ecosystem are heralding new opportunities to the capital.
Collaboration amongst all the relevant players and a focus on development of the human experience in a smart city is essential to design a Smart (er) London. The previous mayor has done a lot but a lot more needs to be done by the new mayor in order for London to become truly smart.
Making London smarter must be top of the agenda for the new mayor as it means creating better and more fluid experiences for its citizens and visitors. It means designing a safer, cleaner, more sustainable, more efficient city, easier to control and adapt to future changes. It means investing in rapidly emerging smart city technologies and infrastructure areas, which in turn creates new jobs.
The new mayor needs to keep pushing for greater efficiency of energy resources and connected buildings to create improved sustainability. The adoption of electric and driverless cars needs to become a priority, as it’s the only way forward to protect our children and citizens for further ‘out of control’ pollution.
Platform creation is key to link the data from businesses, services and citizens in order to makes sense of that data and adapt it to future requirements. On-going investment in innovative projects is needed to support innovation generation-cycles. Privacy and security concerns need to be taken seriously and respected for citizens and enterprises.
The coming of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, autonomous intelligence combined with big data analytics promises to make the city smarter than ever before and create new opportunities to constantly improve it.
The London authorities, together with the industry, organisations, entrepreneurs, start-ups and citizens are all engaged to make London one of the smartest cities in the world. It has the people and technology talent, the vision and the will to make life better for everyone.
What about you? We’d like to hear how you are contributing to a smarter London.