London’s smart city picture
When it comes to explaining what London is doing, the picture is a little complicated. In part, that’s because so many different organisations are involved. To a large degree, London isn’t one city but 33. The 32 boroughs and City of London each have differing levels of interest and maturity in smart city initiatives.
It’s not for LOTI to dictate what all these players do. However, we do have a firm interest in making sure that London’s various initiatives collectively benefit Londoners, that we can scale good practice, and that we make the right decisions now to ensure London makes the most of the opportunities smart cities present.
Please see more information below about the boroughs and organisations currently involved in London’s smart city picture.
Based in Greenwich, acts as a test bed for new technologies.
Greater London Authority
At the GLA, the Connected London Team oversees London’s connectivity picture, supporting the role of full fibre broadband. Additional, one of the key projects currently taking place at the GLA is the building the new Data for London platform so data can be better linked across the city.
Hammersmith & Fulham
In the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, there are opportunities for expanding international smart city firms who wish to test and scale their technology in the borough, including in the growing White City Innovation District, with global top 10 University, Imperial College, at its core.
In addition, we are working in partnership with the Earls Court Development Company who are joining us in Barcelona to seek climate and tech companies in particular, as they develop a new community and business campus on a 40 acre central London site. This major mixed-use project, with a gross development value (GDV) of circa £8 billion, will include new homes, offices, laboratory space, creative studios and a range of leisure uses, creating in excess of 12,000 new jobs.
Looking for a London hub to expand into the UK market? Or a test bed alongside one of the world’s great Universities? Then come and speak to us!
London & Partners
London & Partners is the Business Growth and destination agency for London. Our role is to help international businesses with everything they need to set up, grow and scale in London – whichever the stage of international development or funding they are at. We are also actively supporting London-based scaleups to expand internationally from their London base.
SHIFT is a catalyst for London’s innovators, based in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, bringing together business, academia, government and local communities to find and scale solutions to the major challenges of city life. Our cities are at a crossroads. Issues like climate change, pollution, social isolation, rising living costs and food insecurity demand us to rethink urban environments, fast.
It is our belief that, by consciously shaping and supporting innovation, we can solve the challenges of today and tomorrow. Like helping people live healthier, safer lives. Growing the economy in a challenging market environment. And reskilling the workforce for the century ahead. Bridging gaps between innovators from all backgrounds, SHIFT is working to disrupt systemic barriers and spark change at scale.
If you’re working on smart city innovations tackling issues in one of our impact areas (climate emergency, health and wellbeing, mobility) we can help you make it a reality by providing access to our testbed and innovation ecosystem. By working together, we can create a future where innovation meets genuine community need. Where communities are healthy, connected and sustainable. Where cities are good, for planet and people. This future starts right here, in east London — and you’re invited.
For more information, visit the SHIFT website.
South London Partnership
The South London Partnership (SLP) is a sub-regional collaboration of five London boroughs: Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond upon Thames and Sutton. It was established in 2011 to bring together the boroughs to work together on issues of common interest, such as economic development, infrastructure, health and care, and placemaking.
SLP has just completed a £4 million project delivered over 3.5 years and across 5 council boundaries to “pilot and research” ways to generate economic growth, support local businesses and help people live better, healthier lives, and assist with addressing the climate emergency using IOT.
The project delivered 47 use cases out of 150 ideas assessed using 14 different suppliers. Sixty five percent of these have continued into business as usual. As a result, we have saved lives; identified fuel poverty; reduced pollution, fly-tipping, antisocial behaviour and flooding events; and provided greater insights into traffic flows, park usage, on street parking, local shopping and air quality.
Please come and talk to us if you are interested in what we have done and how we did it.
Transport for London
Transport for London is world-renowned for its pioneering work on contactless payments enabling more seamless travel.
Westminster has been leading the way on smart city approaches to cleaner air.