Internet of Things (IoT)

Exploring how London boroughs can use smart street infrastructure for the benefit of all Londoners.

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IoT devices are being deployed in a growing number of public sector contexts. Yet as this is a rapidly evolving and relatively new area of innovation, London boroughs are seeking guidance on how to approach the use of IoT in smart street infrastructure where specific opportunities and challenges arise.

Key areas that need to be addressed include:

  1. Business Case and Effectiveness: How can boroughs make informed decisions about which (if any) IoT technologies can play a role in delivering their desired outcomes? How should this shape their engagement with the market?
  2. Interoperability of Data and Insights: Given that the data collected by smart street infrastructure often relates to issues that require a pan-London response, how can we ensure comparable data is available from across many boroughs to gain valuable insights for the whole of London?
  3. Ethics & Public Trust: How can we ensure that IoT data collection in public spaces is done for the benefit of citizens in a way that is transparent, ethical and engenders citizens’ trust and confidence?

There have been multiple pilots and studies carried out on these challenges already at an EU, national and city level, which have gone some way to addressing these challenges. However, navigating the findings from these sources is difficult and time-consuming. There is a need for this information to be curated and tested by London boroughs.

Beginning with a week-long intensive design sprint, this project aims to provide answers and guidance to borough commissioners.

Coming Next:

  • Guidance to support procurement teams understand and manage Cyber Resilience for IoT and Smart Cities



IoT Week Framework and Video

Summary video and IoT Framework created during LOTI and the GLA's IoT Week.

Project Timeline


6 Steps to Cyber Resilience in Smart Cities

Building on LOTI’s inital discovery work on cyber resilience we have distilled 6 key steps to Cyber Resilience in the smart city context that boroughs can embark on now.

Read more about why its crucial to get cyber resilience and security right for smart cities in our blog

6 Steps To Cyber Resilience


Cyber Resilience – Recommended actions

Practical guidance on cybersecurity and resilience to support the procurement of Smart City and IoT technology in London boroughs. The guidence maps to the LOTI Innovation in Procurement Toolkit steps.


Cyber Security and Resilience Proposal

Meha Shukla (Cyber Security Researcher, Skills Formation and UCL) demonstrated a prototype for embedding cybersecurity standards produced by NCSC, NIS, BSI and others into a practical tool to be used by borough officers in procuring IoT and Smart Cities technology.

SR-CAT MVP Presentation


Boroughs heard from NCSC, Skills Formation and BSI on the risks and challenges around implementing cyber security and embedding resilience for smart cities and IoT. The group discussed how guidance and standards could be made more accessible to borough officers.

View the recording:  Part 1 and Part 2 Please note: the NCSC sessions were redacted from the recording.


Prototype 1: Pan-London framework/guidance

Led by Sharing Cities, this group developed a Pan-London framework/guidance based on existing standards and guidance that would help boroughs to design and procure IoT in future.

Londons IoT Framework v2 Consultation DRAFT.pptx

LOTI IoT Portal


Prototype 2: Collaborative London IoT Portal

Championed by South London Partnership, this group developed an IoT portal to foster a culture of shared learning.


Video – IoT Week Summary

Video summarising IoT Week now available on YouTube. A full write up of the week is available on our Medium page.

#IoTWeek Friday presentation


Day 5 of IoT Week

At the end of the week, a public Show and Tell was held to share the best answers to each question. Feedback and next steps were delivered by the Chief Digital and Information Officers of our member boroughs.


Day 4 of IoT Week

Researchers were grouped together to develop prototypes to present back to the boroughs on the final day.

#IoT Week - Thursday Presentation
#IoT Week - Wednesday Presentation


Day 3 of IoT Week

The group of researchers from public, private and third sectors discussed the ideas proposed earlier in the week and captured the standout ideas and noted down the important objections. They were then invited to develop proposals against each idea and present these to the group for voting. The most popular ideas moved on to development.


Day 2 of IoT Week

The questions created on Monday were researched and curated by volunteers from local government, academia, and other institutions with expertise in this field.

#IoT Week - Tuesday Presentation
IoT Week - Master Slide Deck


Day 1 of IoT Week

Representatives from organisations involved in this field were invited to discuss London’s challenges and share their insights. The afternoon will focus on establishing a list of the key specific questions boroughs most wish to answer.


Project Planner

Setting out the plan for a sprint accelerator week to explore “How can boroughs use IoT-enabled smart street infrastructure for the benefit of all Londoners?”.

IoT Sprint Accelerator week - Planning

Project Kick-off