The Mayor has announced that he wants London to be the world’s leading smart city- a global testbed for tech-driven solutions to public service challenges.
How can technology be used to make London a better city to live in?
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Thanks everyone for sharing your ideas.
How can technology be used to better connect Londoners to government and other public service providers?
I'd appreciate a review of how the bus network's location service works. It is very helpful in the middle of the route--seriously, I have spent so much less time waiting for a bus that may never turn up since the live information became available--but it doesn't work at the top and tail of a route. It is frustrating to be presented with "P4: Due" for fifteen minutes at Lewisham Station because the driver is on a break but the transponder is still on. Until it works accurately for all bus stops (and without a lot of hassle or extra things to remember for drivers) it's still not 'smart'.
London, like many world cities, is on the precipice of a power crisis due largely to poor planning of power systems to deliver power to where it is needed. There are still debates on how to generate power for the grid and how it should be distributed to users. We do not see debates on using power and reductions in large scale power consumption in areas of high consumption growth. Top of the list are large scale Data Centres who install thousands (or more) servers, all serviced by racks of storage media. The largest portion of power consumption in data centres is storage drives and cooling systems which combined, far out-consume the server racks. I have a solution to this and with the right conditions, could not only provide a solution but facilitate the means to produce the solution, creating skilled jobs, in London with a view to world-wide supply of the solution we create. For London, this is a double win, and it puts London on the leading edge of technology development and exploitation by delivering the means to radically reshape the cost and dynamics of Data Centre development and on-going cost management at the sharp end. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with interested stakeholders in London.
Driverless cars would improve the environment. A free or cheap city-wide Wi-Fi based intranet for londonerswould improve access to digital services for everyone.
The biggest benefit technology can bring is to release the majority of use from the tyranny of fixed working hours and 'traditional' offices. So much time, space, money, and effort is wasted on moving people around at the wrong time of day and to and from places they do not want to be, simply because we have a generation of managers who lack the foresight or ability to let go and who are unable or unwilling to provide the infrastructure needed to enable dispersed (in time and / or in space) workforces.
The term smart has been given to many things and it almost seems that if you oppose anything you are being the opposite to 'smart'. The proliferation of so called smart meters is one such thing. There are many people voicing concern over their use. Yet we are being surrounded more and more by the various types of radiation emanating from these devises. I have written to MP's, Councillors, statutory bodies etc but nobody wants to talk about the potential harm that may be caused that is referred to in 1000's of scientific reports on the internet. They continually refer to the governments own reports that find them safe. We seemed to have abandoned the 'precautionary' principle. Other countries and indeed some schools in our own country have taken steps to reduce children's exposure to radiation. I wonder who will be proved to be correct?