Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity?

Built Environment, Universal Design, October 3 2018

Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity

Smart Cities

INTERNATIONAL: Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world.

But what if those technologies were bound together and used to build a Smart City? What would it take to make such a complex network feasible? And what would it look like to live in a such a city? Are these just the fevered imaginings of science fiction writers or could it be a real possibility? Let’s dig a little deeper.

What Is A Smart City?

First, let’s put aside our Jetsons-inspired ideas of smart cities and look at what they really are. A smart city contains a framework of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), specifically designed to answer the overwhelming growth of urban centers. The ICT framework contains an intelligent network of machines and objects that transmit data wirelessly. These cloud-based applications receive, evaluate and manage data, in real time, to help cities, corporations, and citizens make better decisions that improve quality of life.

Citizens can engage with smart city systems using smartphones and other mobile devices, including cars and homes. Think the Internet of Things except on a much, much bigger scale. A citywide scale. Being able to connect to a city’s physical infrastructure and services has the potential to cut costs and improve the city’s sustainability. Cities can improve energy dispersal, streamline city services, decrease traffic and reduce air pollution.

The development of smart cities starts with a digital foundation that allows better functionality, that’s more responsive to citizens, and ultimately creates a better urban environment.
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