London challenge seeks digital technologies for smart navigation and wayfinding

Wed, 2015-01-28 06:00 -- SCC Staff

The Institute for Sustainability and Mayor of London's Office put out a call for innovative technologies that will improve wayfinding and navigation in five districts that are members of London's Smart London Districts Network. The network brings together public and private development organizations involved in delivering London’s largest and most ambitious development projects. The competition to improve wayfinding is an interesting approach other cities may want to consider to spur interest and economic growth in areas undergoing re-development.

Smart London Districts Network members, seeing a need to help residents, visitors and businesses better connect with their surroundings, are hoping the competition will bring in entries that involve cutting-edge apps and other digital technologies that can improve navigation and wayfinding at a district scale.

Five districts involved
The competition will focus on five of what the Institute for Sustainability describes as London's most aspirational districts currently in re-development:

  • Battersea Nine Elms
  • Croydon Partnership
  • Elephant and Castle
  • Imperial West
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Winners will be invited to pitch their innovation to the Districts Network members who represent some of the largest and highest-profile redevelopment projects in London (estimated combined value of over £25 billion), according to the Institute for Sustainability.

Deadline for entries is Feb. 20, 2015. Get details here >>

More from London…
Microsoft video: Bringing the Internet of Things to the London Underground
London tests pedestrian sensors to make crossing streets safer
Lessons from London: Making your transit system (almost) pay for itself