As the years pass, the talks of smart cities have stirred. While it is great that the language is now entering the mainstream tech conversations, it is also important to define these terms and come to an agreed-upon understanding of what exactly a smart city is. There are a few different definitions out there, although there are certainly some common themes and understandings of which impact a smart city might have on a community or the world. Similar to smart homes, there are a few factors that can contribute to whether or not a city is considered “smart.’ Read on to learn some effects that a smart city might have on its inhabitants’ daily lives and everywhere else in the world.
The Primary Goals
It is easy to look at some specific technologies and policies that could be implemented within a smart city to understand what it is all about. Still, it could be more helpful to start with the actual goals that are considered during the development phase. Making services more accessible, efficient, and sustainable are vast aspects of the development of a smart city. This means better mobility to assist people in getting around securely and safely, which in turn helps promote the economic growth and reputation of the smart city of the whole. Cities of the future should now be easier to traverse, promote business development, and take environmental sustainability into the mind without sacrificing any efficiency in the process.
The Technology Behind Smart Cities
When we talk about all the technology behind smart cities, we are typically referring to three main ideas: Internet of Things sensors, connectivity, and data. Connectivity is all about ramping up internet access throughout the entire city. Data refers to the storage and analysis of all information in real-time. Internet of Things sensors are the physical devices that we interact with, which can help contribute to better waste management, easier parking, and efficient cooling and heating systems, along with a better sense of overall cybersecurity.
Any goal surrounding smart city development is reaching one primary and central idea: livability. Livability is the main benchmark for which we judge a city. It is the overall quality of life for both visitors and residents in the city. Any smart city technology or policy introduced should be geared towards making the city more safe or livable overall.
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