Ken Livingstone has announced that one of his objectives if re-elected as Mayor in 2012 will be to make London the world’s first “Smart City”.
The examples he give include:
- easing parking chaos in London if re-elected by bringing in a system like that used in San Francisco, where 6,000 of the 24,000 metered parking places are fitted with sensors that allow drivers to find spaces via wi-fi. The American city’s $23 million network shows available spots on motorists’ mobile phones and electronic street signs. If drivers want to add more time to a parking meter they can also do it by mobile.
- using real-time “smart meters” to cut energy use in homes and businesses. In Sweden these have resulted in a 24 per cent reduction in energy use.
He expands on his ideas in more details at LabourList.
What he demonstrates is a long-term strategic vision for London that would not only benefit its residents but give London the edge in international competitiveness. His ideas also highlight the lack of strategic vision currently displayed by the Conservatives in London.