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Technology and innovation declared vital for London’s recovery

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The new coronavirus has made the ability of the local government to innovate and embrace digital technology “more important than ever,” according to the inter-party group, London Councils, which represents the UK’s 32 district capitals and the city. from London.

Marking the first anniversary of the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI), the districts highlighted the need for faster data and digital adoption to support the capital’s post-pandemic recovery.

Digital tools and processes

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, districts worked quickly to support their residents, with LOTI’s advice to help identify the digital tools and processes they can use to quickly adapt to a range of new challenges.

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For example, LOTI supported districts to use data to understand which of their residents may be most in need as a result of Covid-19. The LOTI team also identified barriers and solutions for work between organizations, produced a guide for conducting online board meetings and compiled recommendations to improve the government’s provision of tablets and other mobile devices to children.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on neighborhoods – but it has also made it clear that technology and innovation in public services are more important than ever,” said Philip Glanville, mayor of the digital champion for Hackney and London Councils.

“The London local government has made excellent use of digital tools to quickly adapt to the difficult new circumstances in which we find ourselves, with LOTI helping to facilitate this work, places where it must operate and coordinate learning between neighborhoods.

“While there are still enormous challenges ahead, the districts and our small but incredible LOTI team are determined to continue to improve our use of digital resources for the benefit of our residents. Since it was created last summer, LOTI has been essential to advance this strategy. I have no doubt that your role will become even more crucial in the coming months and years. ”

Source: Smart Cities World

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