iCity Breakfast Briefing ‘Building a smarter London’

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The GLA ran an iCity Breakfast briefing for over 100 stakeholders and developers on Wednesday 19th June here at City Hall the GLA’s iconic building next to the Thames and famous Tower Bridge.

Proceedings started at 8:30am when a diverse group of senior people from architecture, construction, property development, and technology sectors arrived at the spectacular Living Room overlooking London’s Opportunity Area (OA) re-development at the Elephant & Castle (E&C) in the London Borough of Southwark - one of 20 OA’s in the capital where technology such as the iCity Urban Platform will become embedded and play a big part in the planning, design, development, and future operational running of a city of 8.5m people.

Andrew Collinge, the GLA’s sponsoring director for iCity led the morning, introducing the GLA’s vision and strategy for London,  referencing the Mayor Boris Johnson’s Vision2020 document released just the week before, Andrew took the audience through the key sectors, challenges and drivers for London and how technology and iCity will support and enable change.

Guest speakers from two of the world’s leading ‘Smart Cities’ projects, Gerard Evenden the Foster + Partners programme director for Masdar in UAE and Andreas Knobloch project lead of T-City of Freidrichscafen, took the audience through two quite different approaches to designing and building a ‘Smart City’.  They illustrated how city legacy, scale, investment, and even climate impacted and polarised the design and build of a ‘Smart City’. Three types of ‘Smart City’ were then identified – based on community, security, and efficiency based models.  The attendees voted overwhelmingly for London to put people and the community first in building London as a ‘Smart City’, efficient design and services came second, with security a long way behind in third.

Having placed London in a ‘Smart Cities’ context, the briefing moved on to hear about Open Data and Systems from Gavin Starks CEO of the Open Data Institute, and ‘Big Data’ from Jan Piotrowski cities editor at The Economist magazine.  Duncan Wilson of Intel followed up with an overview of the Internet of Things - at the end of these talks the audience had a good understanding of the key technologies.  Nick Bromley explained how these technologies underpin iCity, and how combined they will enable data/devices to interact and deliver content for consumer ‘Apps’ and Business to Business services through the iCity Urban Platform.  The iCity platform he said will change the way we plan and build London, and as individuals how we interact with the built environment and services such as transport as we go about making the city a greatour everyday lives.

Andrew summed up saying how this is all about making London ‘A great place to live and work’, and how the programme and Smart London Board will build on this briefing with detailed announcements and launch this autumn with developers of the iCity Urban Platform, and the setting up with participant support of  Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) to progress ‘Themes’ such as Masterplanning, Innovation Platforms, and Open Data/Infrastructure, to drive forward the iCity programme.       

Further information on the speakers and presentations can be found on the iCity programme website and London Data store.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 10:45