London becomes the best smart city in the UK
Updated on: Jan. 30, 2020, 5:05 p.m.
Our capital has proudly pioneered the way for centuries and as one of the first cities to truly embrace The Industrial Revolution, it makes sense that once again we’re at the helm of the next evolution of our great cityscape.
Within the next 10 years, it’s estimated that there will be at least 88 smart cities around the world and with billions of pounds of investment, London is looking like it could once again lead the way.
A smart city helps create a more efficient atmosphere with the aim of improving the lives of everyone who lives there. A recent example of this would be the driverless tubes and while there are opponents, it shows just how smart London is becoming.
London has already begun its transformation into a smart city. For example, to tackle the grim congestion that plagues all our commutes, the city uses smart traffic technology to prioritise public transport at traffic lights. To top all this off, the capital has committed a whopping £4 billion investment into developing the smart road project, £200 million of which will focus on the bus network.
According to a report published by Juniper Research, London is the UK’s biggest and best smart city. The main contributions to London’s top ranking were its outstanding performance in using innovative technology to promote public safety.
London comfortably beat competition from the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, who have also made exciting innovations with smart city technology, such as integrating traffic systems with emergency services.