Canary Wharf Group’s smart city initiative Cognicity Challenge has announced the first 12 start-up finalists for its sustainable buildings and integrated transportation streams.

The companies selected from the 36 entrants are to launch the challenge and will further develop and pilot their technologies within the Canary Wharf Group estate, including the new 4.9 million ft² mixed-use phase.

Cognicity Challenge was launched on 21 October 2014 and comprises six streams.

Canary Wharf Group chairman and CEO Sir George Iacobescu said: "We launched the Cognicity Challenge in order to promote the development of smart cities technology and the interoperability of systems in future cities.

"We launched the Cognicity Challenge in order to promote the development of smart cities technology and the interoperability of systems in future cities."

"Welcoming these chosen smart cities start-up companies to Canary Wharf is a natural continuation of the group’s original aim to create the cityscapes of and for the future."

The finalists will develop their smart city technology with specialist mentoring and training, and will also have access to the existing Level39 tech community and mentors at One Canada Square.

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Canary Wharf Level39 head Eric Van der Kleij said: "As the developer of London’s original smart city, Canary Wharf Group is delighted to be working with these high calibre finalist companies to help further develop their products and solutions.

"The winning technologies will be piloted within the existing Canary Wharf estate, with the goal of embedding their solutions into the fabric of the new phase of Canary Wharf."

The sustainable buildings finalists are 8point3 LED, Jooxter, Pavegen, Polysolar, Quantum Waste and Solar Cloth.

Integrated transportation finalists are Alchera Technologies, BuzzStreet, KnowNow, MellowCabs, Pie Mapping and Voyage Control.

Set to begin at the end of April, the pilot phase for the first two streams will involve changes within the group’s operations.