The London story: creating a smart city that delivers for citizens

As one of the world’s great cities, London has evolved over centuries to deliver the housing, transport and infrastructure it needs.

Against a global backdrop of accelerating urbanisation and revolutionary digital transformation, the Mayor has set out his ambition to make London the world’s smartest city. Today, London is already a hub for smart mobility, cleantech, proptech and govtech, with many more opportunities for further cross-sectoral development in this capital of convergence. As we plan for our sustainable, connected future, we welcome you to join us on this journey and work with us to build a city as smart as its citizens.

The future of transport

London is a leader in smart mobility, with an ambitious goal that by 2041, 80% of journeys in the capital will be made on foot, on a bicycle, or on public transport.[1] The city’s transport agency – Transport for London, also has a unique and ambitious approach to innovation, as exemplified in the London RoadLab initiative.[2]

A cleantech leader with market potential

The Mayor of London wants to ensure London is a zero-carbon city by 2050.[3] The value of London’s low carbon goods and services sector was worth £39.7bn in 2017/18, having grown by more than nine percent over the last two years and expected to continue at more than seven percent to 2021/22.[4]

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Where real estate meets tech

As the largest commercial real estate investment market in the world [5] and home to a globally-renowned tech centre, it’s no surprise that London is a hotbed for proptech. From dedicated accelerators and incubators, such as Pi Labs and Geovation, to London success stories (think Zoopla and Purplebricks), the capital is building the foundations for an exciting future.

Accessible, responsive, citizen-oriented public services

London is transforming its public services to better meet the needs of its citizens. The city has long been recognised as a leader in mobilising open data for public benefit, as evidenced through the London Datastore and Transport for London’s open data policy. The London Office of Technology & Innovation (LOTI) is set to build common capability and drive the opportunity to collaborate and scale digital innovation across the capital’s local authorities.[6]

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