Smart city and built environment 2016

The Sharing Cities Programme

Greenwich, London, UK
Milan, Italy
Bordeaux, France
Warsaw, Poland
Burgas, Portugal
Lisbon, Bulgaria


EU, co-ordinated by GLA


Smart city technology

The programme is trialling technology in six European Cities, and is funded by the EU. Three lighthouse cities are testbeds for smart city technology. Greenwich, London is testing energy management systems in social housing blocks, energy-saving lighting and controls sensors and digital connectivity in lampposts, and autonomous delivery robots. The borough is also trialling a range of air quality sensor and data standards to measure air pollution and gain further insights into levels and causes of pollution.

What was tested

Autonomous pods; Energy systems; Smart lighting; Air quality monitoring

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
  • Address market failures or grand challenges

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