Use imagination to create reality Smart City

The Smart City is a necessity for the global challenges we are all facing. Mega Cities are emerging faster than ever, boosting an unprecedented rate of urbanisation and unforeseeable, yet predicable urban future.

Cities remain and continue to be one of the biggest contributor of CO2 emissions and pollution that’s not only blurring our sight, but quite literally reducing our quality of life. Meanwhile diesel fueled cars spend more and more time in congestion-plagued roads, being a major source of stress and robbing us from valuable time that we prefer to spend elsewhere.

Becoming a green Smart City, therefore, is much more than a trendy catch phrase on social media. It’s indeed a necessity – an urgent one. For when implemented, all of us will benefit from, including countless generations to come. Thus we need to have a clear vision of where we are heading, together.

So, what are smart cities all about? We need to talk about high speed internet, connected IoT sensors and cameras that provide real-time intelligence, empowering electric self-driving cars and flying vehicles to replace our obsolete combustion engines. Everything will be data driven, analysed with cutting-edge AI – outsmarting human capabilities.

But smart cities, really, should be about improving the lives of people. Let’s imagine a city that communicates with its citizens and adapt recourses and services to our needs as we request it. Public transport picking us up at work, drones assisting fire fighters and cars communicating with each other and ultimately preventing traffic jams.

Cities across the world are infusing technologies to enhance sustainable waste management, IT connectivity and urban mobility with our existing infrastructures. Some stellar examples, looking at London, Singapore and Helsinki, are already on a good path towards becoming a true, Smart City.

Also, how can a city control climates inside buildings and homes in the face of heatwaves and urban heat, without adding to climate change outside? In other words: how can we ensure a pleasant temperature in the office while our roads get more crowded, space denser and the climate hotter – without feeding the greenhouse effect while doing so? A sobering fact: air-conditioners represent 10 percent of all global electricity  consumption and are a major contributor to the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Air conditioning aside, The Japanese government, for example, has embarked on a vision to bringing cutting edge IoT, AI, robotics and big data together with the mission to achieve sustainable development with effective disaster prevention – an issue cities along coastlines need to be increasingly aware of.

All in all, Smart Cities will be the solution to a lot of problems we are facing today. Let us all work together for a green, sustainable and healthy future – a future our children will thank us for.

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