London: The Data City - Day 0

Mark Walker, Tech & Urban Specialist on the programme, looks at London's expertise in the fields of Mobility, Society and Energy & Environment

London’s population is set to grow by 1 million people over the next 10 years. By 2030 London’s population is expected to be 10 million people. With such a stark increase in population how will the capital function in terms of public transport, roads, green infrastructure, digital connectivity, water, energy, waste, housing and schools?

This is the question that the Smart London Board, who advises the Mayor of London on Smart City Policy, is looking to answer.

The Smart City Expo World Congress is the international summit of discussion about the link between urban reality and technological revolution. Last year it brought together 14,288 visitors, 105 countries and 568 cities.

This year, the Mayor of London is taking a stand at the Expo and will be joined by 9 urban companies from the Mayor’s International Business Programme.  The central theme will be London: Data City with a focus on the sectors of Mobility, Society and Energy & Environment.


London’s roads will soon have autonomous vehicles operating on them. Its public transport system will have to take in more than half a million more passengers at peak hours by 2030. Transport for London (TfL) is increasing its use of digital tools to renew London’s transport infrastructure and minimise transport disruption, investing heavily in smart solutions from predicting crowd behaviours to underground navigation.


Advanced city data management can spark the design and delivery of new digital services which address societal needs and deliver social equity. With strong political support, data driven innovation efforts can drive the active participation of urban residents and city businesses in city service development. We are exploring new ways of digital engagement and skills for Londoners.

We are establishing the London Digital Talent Pipeline to nurture home grown talent in London and plug the growing skills gap. Talk London is the Mayor’s digital engagement platform, with more than 33,000 members. Tech Londoners offers entrepreneurs and citizens opportunity to codesign new digital public services together.

The pilot London Office for Data Analytics is working to demonstrate that performing data analytics on datasets sourced from multiple local authorities and public sector bodies can help reform public services in the capital.

Energy & Environment

London needs to harness data and digital technology to meet the growth challenges facing London’s environmental infrastructure. Smart technology and data approaches and solutions are changing the design, delivery and management of London’s environmental infrastructures of water, waste, and energy. We use technology and data to design and manage multi-purpose natural environments and green spaces.

Formed in April 2012, the London Legacy Development Corporation is testing new ways to use technology to manage an urban district, focussing on the challenges of smarter crowd management, environmental sensing, community building and user engagement. LLDC are working with a number of commercial companies, academic institutions and government and EU funded agencies on resource efficient buildings, energy systems and future urban living, a ‘Smart Park’ and data architecture and management.

Find out about the companies attending the Expo >>