The Mayor of London has launched an initiative aimed at improving the city’s air quality and digital connectivity in order to achieve the ambition of making London the world’s smartest city.
Speaking at the London Tech Week event, Sadiq Khan used the opportunity to unveil his Smarter London Together plan which is the roadmap detailing how London will become the world’s smartest city.
The document outlines how public services will use tech and data to improve the lives of Londoners, and the initiative will harness the tech talent in London to tackle the pressing challenges.
The roadmap comprises of in excess of 20 initiatives and will support the development of smart infrastructure, while also attracting investment in new businesses that can make a mark in the tech sector.
Leading companies and public bodies will collaborate with tech startups to tackle the issues in London that will result in making it the world’s smartest city.
The Mayor wants to implement a new approach to connectivity, including new planning powers for full fibre connectivity to all new homes, and will work alongside Transport for London (TfL) to roll out 4G using public buildings and existing infrastructure.
Elsewhere, Mr Khan wants to support the commission of a new generation of smart technology, including electric vehicle charging points – which is already high on his agenda; while proposals to develop a pan-London cyber-security strategy have also been put forward.
And upon launching the initiative, the Mayor said: “A year ago I announced my ambition to make London the world’s leading smart city. Today I am proud to unveil my vision for making that ambition a reality. We need a step-change in how we harness innovation for the benefit of all Londoners.
“Many of London’s advances in the application of data and smart technologies are globally recognised. We have clearly taken great steps but I want us to do even more to meet the needs of Londoners.
“As one of the world’s leading technology hubs, we need to be bold and think big, to experiment and try things out that have not been done elsewhere. I see London’s future as a global ‘test-bed city’ for civic innovation, where the best ideas are developed, amplified and scaled.”