Smart city and built environment, Energy and environment

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

London, UK


London Legacy Development Corporation


Smart city technology

As London's newest, smartest and most sustainable area, the park is being used as a testbed for new international standards in smart data, sustainability and community-building. A data platform is built to publish data on air quality of green spaces and energy from buildings in the park. £100M has been invested in one of the largest district energy systems in the UK including hard, soft and data infrastructure through smart meters that give building residents and tenants control and information on their energy use and spending.

What was tested

Air Quality Monitoring; Local energy systems

Testbed purpose

The main purpose is to test and scale technologies for smart city purposes.


Real-world urban environments

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Marketing and local economic development
  • Address market failures or grand challenges

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