London Brain Trust Puts Tech at the Center of the Capital’s Future
The concept of a “Smart London” is about how the capital as a whole functions as a result of the complex interplay between its ‘systems’ – from local labour markets to financial markets and the trade networks of local firms, from local government to education, healthcare, transportation and utilities.
Smart London is where the linkages between these different systems are understood, where the value from integrating these different systems is capitalised upon, and where London as a whole works more efficiently as a result. The capital already has “smart” transport features like the Oyster Card, congestion charging and the Barclays Bike Hire Scheme. Transport for London has opened up its data to make it publicly available, like information about service disruptions and real-time bus arrival times. This data is accessible in many mobile apps.
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