Category: Smart City

Smart Cities – Smart Futures | Forbes: Smart Cities: The Future Of Urban Development

Smart cities bring together infrastructure and technology to improve the quality of life of citizens and enhance their interactions with the urban environment. But how can data from areas such as public transport, air quality meters and energy production be integrated and effectively used? By rendering more technology capable of communicating across platforms, IoT generates more data that can help improve various aspects of daily life. Cities can identify both opportunities and challenges in real-time, reducing costs by pinpointing issues prior to their emergence and allocating resources more accurately to maximize impact.

The Future of Smart Cities

Smart Cities are fully connected, sustainable, energy efficient, and socially friendly communities that use their infrastructure to intelligently improve the quality of life of those who live and visit there. While technology enables much of what makes a city “smart,” – like sensors, data analytics, etc. – the future really isn’t about technology as an end itself, but rather serving the needs of the various stakeholders that comprise a community. Using technology to solve social problems while improving quality of life is truly the definition of “smart.”

Four Smart City Infrastructure Strategies

By 2050, 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. There are many definitions for smart cities, but for this article, let’s take a simple approach by defining a smart city as a connected city where citizens, technology and processes, such as garbage collection, can all be connected. None of this happens without the fundamental connectivity layer. The demographic shift combined with a continuous growth of IoT and management apps require city planners to start thinking about their smart city vision. Let’s talk about four strategies city planners can consider.