The city of London is one of the world's best examples of what a Smart City should be.
The city of London is one of the world's best examples of what a Smart City should be. For years, the capital of the UK has been the top IESE Cities in Motion Index (ICIM), prepared by the Centre for Globalization and Strategy IESE.
London, one of the major financial and economic centres worldwide, highlights in fields such human capital, governance, international presence and, above all, technology, with innovative solutions (and disruptions) in the area of ??IoT. In fact, this year London has organized a conference for IoT called 'The Connected City Summit", which was attended by Oxford MCS Ajit Jaokar.
Another event that highlights the commitment of London authorities with Smart Cities is the “Smart City Challenge”. Sponsored by IBM, this contest offers prizes up to 750,000 pounds for entrepreneurs related with Big Data, IoT and other matters of the digital world.
Facilities for Start-Ups
The city stands for the facilities that City Hall (and, of course, its citizens) have implemented for the creation of new businesses and Start-Ups. A good example is Uber, an app that is used weekly by 30,000 people in the city. London was the 11th city in which Uber landed. In fact, at first it seemed one of the cities with the least potential growth due to its excellent public transport system and the diversity of private transportation options in the city. However, the future of the company in the British capital is promising, and a good example for other countries.
London has also excelled in the use of electric cars. One project will involve the creation of free parking spaces for 25,000 e-vehicles in the city. Likewise, e-cars will be allowed to drive in the bus lane.
This project will also aim to invest up to 13 million euros in different neighbourhoods in the metropolitan area, where electric cars will have priority. Thus, in the future we will see electrified streets, charging points for e-cars, areas of low emission of pollutants, and so on.
The city also has an excellent public bike rental system. In fact, this system has become so popular that the famous architect Norman Foster has proposed a new and ambitious transport infrastructure: SkyCycle: More than 200 kilometers of bike lanes located over railroad tracks. This project, yet to be realized, would take about 20 years to complete. But, without question, it would be one of the main and most original solutions to solve the pollution problem in the city.