Day Three Wrap-Up of London:Data City at Smart Smart City Expo World Congress

Nov 20, 2016 ·

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The third and final day of the Mayor of London’s Stand at the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona ended with talks on transport and procurement. We continued our presentations to the wider conference hall of 14,000 delegates and 50 cities and countries. We showed London’s work to involve dynamic companies in our transport network and our public services. Our stand partners and companies from the Mayor’s International Business Programme presented their work on London’s transport and public procurement challenges.

Conference presentations from the London delegation continued. This included a presentation by Lola Fernandez-Rodondo of Digital Greenwich on the opportunities for autonomous vehicles in the borough of Greenwich at the European Commission stand. She is working on transport solutions in our Sharing Cities project with funding from the Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse funding programme. I myself presented at a panel on transforming cities with data with colleagues from Spain, America, and Britain. Our London Datastore is an award-winning resource for developers to use our transport, environmental, and public services data to create new digital products to improve Londoners’ lives.

The final day at the London stand is about the data-led change of the transport system in London and how we are procuring from SMEs and startups to make this change happen. London’s roads will soon have autonomous vehicles operating on them. Its public transport system will have to take in more than half a million more passengers at peak hours by 2030. Transport for London (TfL) is increasing its use of digital tools to renew London’s transport infrastructure and minimise transport disruption, investing heavily in smart solutions from predicting crowd behaviours to underground navigation.

Our programme that day will begin with remarks by Lola Fernandez-Redondo, Head of Integrated Planning and the Built Environment at Digital Greenwich on opportunities for connected autonomous vehicles in London. Digital Greenwich has been established by the Royal Borough of Greenwich as its in-house team to develop and take forward its smart city strategy. It is delivering the European Union’s Sharing Cities Programme, a €25 million investment in new energy and transport solutions for London, Lisbon, and Milan. Digital Greenwich is also conducting driverless vehicle trial called GATEway, a research project to understand and overcome the technical, legal and societal challenges of implementing automated vehicles in an urban environment.

George Johnston from Nitrous presented on how Transport for London is inviting new ideas from London’s tech community. Nitrous is working with Transport for London to invite tech startups and scaleups to develop new smart transport ideas in their first accelerator programme. They’ve already seen the impact of open data (6,000 developers, 460 apps, 200 API elements) and big data (automated refunds, re-planning bus network, better information) used to real practical effect. There is potential for more datasets to be made freely and openly available and is looking to further boost these efforts with developers with products that are near-to- market.

We had presentations from the Mayor’s partners NFC Tag and Digital Greenwich.

The NFC Ring can be used to make payments, access control, unlock & control mobile devices, transfer information, link people and much more. The ring is being adopted as a contactless payment card by transport systems around the world as a safe and secure method of payment.

Digital Greenwich presented their model framework for smart city collaboration between local governments. They want to collaborate with other local authorities to create a large market for smart city products, services, and infrastructure. Their goal for collaboration is to create a more efficient market that replicated deliverable solutions through a fast and effective procurement process.

There were two companies from the Mayor’s International Business Programme that gave briefings on their business on building solutions for London’s transport challenges.

Gett’s technology enables consumers and businesses to instantly book on-demand transportation, delivery and logistics. In London alone, over half of black cabs use Gett.

JustPark is rethinking parking for the 21st century. By unlocking over 200,000 previously underused spaces, they provide cheaper, more convenient parking to over 1 million drivers across the UK. Their apps and website allow drivers to find, reserve and pay for parking seamlessly - wherever and whenever they need it, either in advance or on-the- go.

This was our final session at the Smart City Expo World Congress, and we were pleasantly surprised by the attendance at our stand across the three days. We are proud that the Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, opened the conference with the Deputy Mayor of Barcelona. And we are so pleased with our first ever stand at the Expo. Thanks to all of our partners WiFi SPARK, NFC Ring, Spacehive, Blockdox, Smart Energy GB, the University College London Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, and Mastodon C. And thank you to London & Partners for guiding us through the thicket of expos, and to the European Union for their support of the cohort that attended from the Mayor’s International Business Programme. Thanks to Tech.London for tweeting, pushing, and marketing our presence and to And a final thanks to Steve Lorimer, our Smart London Policy and Delivery Officer at City Hall, for managing it and pulling all off. It was very worthwhile for London, its boroughs, and the smart cities sector.

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