London joins €25 million European smart cities initiative


Through the “Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse” initiative, London (UK), Milan (Italy), Lisbon (Portugal), Warsaw (Poland), Bordeaux (France) and Burgas (Bulgaria) will engage in a variety of projects to test smart city systems that could be replicated by other European cities, that will help drive technology adoption across the region.

According to Cities Today, the Royal Borough of Greenwich has been selected as a demonstration site for the initiatives undertaken as part of the project.

Projects include using the River Thames to heat homes, testing electric bikes, installation of solar panels and using digital systems to improve management of energy supply and demand.

Partners to the Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse initiative include government supported centre for the advancement of smart cities Future Cities Catapult, public research university Imperial College and electrification, automation and digitalization company Siemens.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP said: “London is growing at a record rate and to support the city’s future growth, we need to harness our incredible technical prowess and look to what new approaches and technological innovation can bring.

“By leading this ground-breaking international project we will be able to share ideas with our European counterparts as we work to create a city that is fit for the future and an even greater place to live, work and visit.”

Model for data sharing

One of the primary aims of the initiative is to create common data sharing platform that will be utilized to change the way cities, their services and communities work.

The platform will then be tested in the other participating European cites, making use of the information gathered from the smart city trials.

Says Paul Brodrick, head of Connected Communities, Siemens Energy Management: “We believe that by investing in technology, with a focus on renewable and electrification, London has the potential to be a global beacon for smart technology and sustainability.

“This programme will help make that possibility a reality. What is really exciting is the long term potential of this project. The data sharing between European cities and opportunities to develop a cities focused R&D pipeline in London could help keep the UK be at the cutting edge of future city technologies.”