The United Nations estimates that by 2050, around 68 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. This swift urbanization poses severe challenges to municipalities all across the globe, such as increased air pollution and congestion. Cities have to be resilient to survive, grow, and adapt. They also need to be in vast areas to live in. Smart cities are now leading the way in this transformation by moving on from older approaches to designing cities around cars to redesigning cities with people in mind. Technology is now able to help in ways that were not possible before. Here are some of the ways smart cities are changing everything about city life.
Finding Innovate Ways to Connect with and Engage Residents
Participating in local governance is key for all city residents, but traditional city hall meetings aren’t accessible to every person. Smart cities, however, are now bringing these meetings online via social media, or kiosks to more remote spots. At the same time, smart cities are now modernizing their services and the very infrastructure that happens to deliver them. Energy, water, and other public services need careful regulation, and the internet of things technology is helping cities manage them safely and economically. Connecting and engaging residents also means making public services more accessible and visible to everyone. Some municipalities in the United States have introduced non-emergency municipal service portals that let residents receive real0time updates regarding crime, city budgets, sanitation, and more.
Smart Solutions to Traffic Problems
Traffic is a huge challenge for today’s cities, and it is an issue that’s always changing. There are now rideshare services coupled with the growing popularity of one-day delivery services, all of which are contributing to increased traffic. There are a few cities that are commissioning studies to look at the actual impact and productivity of these kinds of services. It is a challenge for cities – on the one hand, they want to bring new services to the residents living in it, but they aren’t fully aware of the impact until much further down the line. This is why smart cities now try to tackle traffic congestion in a few ways. These include levying congestion charges and introducing electronic road pricing systems, which are smart tools that vary according to the amount of traffic.
Smart cities are slowly changing the way we live our day-to-day lives in an urban setting, and they will continue to do so for the better.
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