Smart cities are one of the most hyped concepts in recent years. Smart traffic lights, intelligent street lamps, clever rubbish bins, and networks of various types of sensors are something we’ve come to expect any day now.
Local governments have started to take advantage of data, connected devices and tools afforded to us by modern technology to make their cities smarter. One of the crucial elements of a city, one that really helps it run, is its transportation.
According to a United Nations report, 70% of the world’s population is expected to be living in cities by 2050. This is why, overcoming many of today’s humankind challenges in areas such energy, water, food, climate change, health, etc. will depend mainly on the success of the so called Smart Cities strategies. But as urgent we consider the implementation of smarter cities, making it really happen still remains a challenge several years after the concept was first coined.
Plans for more wired, networked, connected urban areas face challenges if they fail to account for existing, local, non-digital elements such as government and socioeconomic conditions.
A new world is rapidly approaching, and producing a modernized grid capable of making the smart cities of the future a reality is the first step towards achieving success in it.
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The land yachts of the ‘50s and ‘60s have evolved into something much more high-tech in today’s models, and the rate of advancement in terms of smart car technology and artificial intelligence has reached a tipping point and is quickly accelerating. Today’s automobile is more computer software than it is grease and oil, and in […]
Cities shouldn’t just work for their neediest citizens. They also should work with them.
As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to – yet. Cities may be getting smarter, but they haven’t noticeably changed from a user perspective.
State and local governments have poured time and money into online services, but while some work, others fail miserably. Understanding citizen behavior is the key to success.