Intel has set up a London-based laboratory in order to further test the possibility of technology-powered, or ‘smart', cities in the future. The chip maker, partnering with Imperial College and University College London, unveiled The Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities at 10 Downing Street.
The work will initially be carried out by a dozen researchers based at the centre, who will attempt to find "real-life applications for technology to enhance city life”, a report by the BBC states.
These will take a look at environmental issues as well as socio-economic problems and may have the possibility of being able to control everything from water supplies to parking metres in the future.
Justin Rattner, chief technology officer for Intel said: "In 2050, most of the nine billion people in the world will live in cities."
This increasing urbanisation means that cities will need to find "smart solutions” in the future to ensure their smooth running and as "London is the world's fifth largest city, with a hugely diverse cultural population, it makes the perfect testbed.”
"It is a microcosm of the whole planet, what better experimental platform?" he asked."For all the Londoners out there, we're about to turn your fair city into a laboratory but don't be frightened, we know what we are doing."
The centre's first study will take place during the summer Olympics, a perfect time to measure data when the city is likely to be pushed to its limits with visitors from both home and abroad descending on London to witness the sporting event.
"We are determined to make the UK the best place to do business in the world and a great place for technology companies to invest and build new business. It is encouraging to see major tech partners like Intel investing in this country," said Chancellor George Osborne.