Boris Johnson launches drive for “smart London”


London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled a push to turn London into a “smart city” with technology boosting its transport, administration and infrastructure.

The “Smart London” board was unveiled on Friday on the Mayor’s behalf by Deputy Mayor for Business Kit Malthouse, who is tasked with implementing the board’s recommendations.

It will be chaired by Imperial College professor of innovation and entrepreneurship David Gann and will investigate ways that London could use technology better to become a better city.

Other board members include LSE’s urban studies professor, Tech City chief Joanna Shields and Intel VP Martin Curley.

Johnson said: “London has been at the forefront of technological wizardry for generations, but in a rapidly changing world we will need to work harder than ever to stay ahead of the game. We must harness the huge potential that new technology offers us, and by drawing on the expertise of some of the brightest minds around we can make our great city an even smarter one too.

“I’m delighted to welcome on board a fantastic line up of experts to help spur the kind of innovation and entrepreneurship that will secure London’s future as the best big city on earth.”

Tech City chief exective Joanna Shields said: “Today’s announcement and the range and quality of organsiations and individuals represented on the board are a clear sign of the breadth and depth of the thriving digital technology ecosystem that exists in London. Together, we will make further progress in establishing London as Europe’s digital capital, and positively shaping the movement of entrepreneurship and innovation that is growing not just in the City, but around the UK.”

London already has “smart” transport systems like the congestion charge, the Oyster Card and the Barclays Bike Hire Scheme, with Transport for London opening up its data to make it publicly available, like information about service disruptions and real-time bus arrival times.