The Mayor and Chair of the Smart London Board recently published ‘The Future of Smart: Harnessing digital innovation to make London the best city in the world’, that is the update report of the Smart London Plan developed in 2013. The Plan outlined how London would harness the creative power of new technologies to improve Londoners’ lives. This report is checking progress against the seven aims of the Smart London Plan and sets out nine priorities for the future of ‘˜smart’ in London.
The twin challenges of economic growth and a growing population are putting a strain on London’ s housing, healthcare and transport infrastructure. The environment remains a challenge, particularly air quality. The twin challenges of economic growth and a growing population are putting a strain on London’ s housing, healthcare and transport infrastructure. The environment remains a challenge, particularly air quality. London should also work for common standards across all layers of digital and cyber-physical infrastructure, and between boroughs and City Hall.
The report first looks at major achievements made so far regarding the engagement of London’s citizens, encouraging good growth and partnerships with London’s businesses to use smart technologies and to improve the city. It ends up by identifying the following priority actions of Smart London’s Board for the next Mayor:
‘¢ Engaging our citizens ‘“ putting Londoners at the core, through wide, inclusive digital engagement, and improving digital skills for all
‘¢ Enabling good growth ‘“ through resilient digital infrastructure, smart homes, making more data available, and investing in innovation
‘¢ Working with business ‘“ breaking down boundaries, supporting common standards, producing smarter regulations, and scaling-up innovation
Read the full report here.