Canary Wharf boosts efforts to transform itself into a smart city.
A panel of leading technology pioneers has been formed to help Canary Wharf Group with its aspiration of creating of a truly integrated and interoperable smart city at its east London site.
The Global Advisory Council will work together to tackle four major challenges affecting the creation of smart cities: interoperability, cyber security, ensuring that the technologies bring convenience and add value, and their applicability to both existing buildings and new-build.
The members of the council include UK Government BIM Group chairman Mark Bew, World Council on City Data chief executive Patricia McCarney and Arup practice leader for IT & communications Volker Buscher.
Speaking at the MIPIM property fair in Cannes, Canary Wharf Group chief executive Sir George Iacobescu said: “Canary Wharf Group has been at the forefront of innovative property development since 1988, when construction began on our estate. Our Cognicity Challenge, guided by the high calibre individuals on the Advisory Council we have announced today, will help us write the next chapter of our innovative vision for Canary Wharf.”
Cognicity will identify and accelerate the development of smart city technologies, transforming Canary Wharf into a smarter, more aware city.
The Cognicity Challenge is divided into six streams of six companies each and is currently open to applications for streams 5 & 6. Partners and sponsors provide guidance to the 36 selected companies for 12 weeks and one winner in each stream will each receive a £50,000 cash prize. They will also have the opportunity to pilot their solutions in the ongoing development of Canary Wharf.
The six accelerator streams are:
- Sustainable Buildings
- Integrated Transportation
- Integrated Resource Management
- Automated Building Management
- Connected Home
- Virtual Design & Construction
The Cognicity Challenge is a Canary Wharf Group initiative and is operated by specialist innovation experts ENTIQ.
11 March, 2015 |