A new world beckons for every city and its citizens across the planet. Even though we’re only in the early stages of this revolutionary societal transformation, we will witness all the problems of our current modern cities (such as traffic jams, security and pollution) disappear and become things of the past.
From the most populated countries such as India and China through to smaller sized countries such as Singapore and Helsinki, there is a transformation under way involving the connectedness of the city via technology and the information that is generated. This real-time data from cameras and sensors will be aggregated at various command centers across the city. With this real time information, governments and business will have the ability to make changes in real time within the city for it to operate smoothly.
Helsinki – Smart City Urban Flow program
In terms of vehicle movements, in the future smart cities, urban transit network hubs will be able to warn drivers about road conditions in real time and adjust road speeds to relieve traffic congestion across the cities road grid.
Not only will we see the elimination of traffic congestion, we will also see the following benefits from the emerging ‘smart cities’ trend.
- Smart public transport systems
- Free Wi-Fi connectivity ubiquitous in all its spaces
- Smart emergency response systems
- Smart street lighting
- Smarter transport grids
- Video surveillance of public spaces ‘safe cities’
- Cleaner air
- Public safety with Law enforcement
- Smarter buildings
- Energy consumption management
- Social services
In the future the world’s most liveable cities will include the above digital overlays as part of their criteria in being the best places to live. Cities in the future will be safer, more energy efficient, and easier to get from one location to another.
Cities will account for nearly 90% of the world’s global population growth, 80% of wealth creation and 60% of total energy consumption.
In China there will be over 300 million rural inhabitants moving to urban areas over the next 15 years. This means that over the next 15 years we will see an infrastructure program that equates to building a new house for every American.
India also has a massive urbanization plan under way. By 2030, over half of the population will be living in its cities. By 2025, India will have 30 cities with 10 million or more residents living in them.