Three focus areas have been identified by the Smart London Districts Network:
Connecting people and creating communities: the districts are exploring how best to use data and technology to connect the people who live there, or who visit for business and pleasure, and to encourage on-site collaboration, as well as utilising smart innovations to create communities. This can be particularly challenging in phased developments. A call for smart technologies which meet this challenge was held in 2015.
Navigation and transportation: the districts are working to improve management of movement through and engagement with an area, both for traffic and people flows in general, and for more specific needs such as safety and security. The challenges are applicable during development phase to manage construction logistics, as well as during the operational lifetime of districts. A call for smart technologies which meet this challenge was held in 2015.
Metering monitoring and analysis: the districts are seeking ways to collect and monitor a range of data which can be used to gain a better understanding of how districts work, to support behaviour change which will make the districts better places to live and work and to provide information which could be fed through to improve future developments.
The main focus area for the Smart London Infrastructure Network is the capture and use of data. This includes devices for data collection, end user applications, tools for analysis, modelling and planning.
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