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Smart Cities Demand Smarter Citizens

Smart Cities will change our lives forever, and allow us to be connected to the world around us like never before.

With advancements in technology, rising population, economic stability, sustainability, entrepreneurial eco-systems and the Internet of Everything (IOE), our world seems to be changing at hyper-speed. Smart Cities have already started evolving in Europe and the US. Even though we’re only in the early stages of this revolutionary societal transformation, a major change will be required of people who want to live in urban environments. We call this becoming Future Ready.  This article focuses on what change people can expect for the future and its’ impact within the next five years, 35 years and beyond.

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Nokia maps has integrated augmented reality features relative to the users preference.

 

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London is adopting smart bike solutions across its entire grid.

 

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Denny Smart bike is fully connected for riding all day and night plus has the ability to be safely locked anywhere. 

 

Cities already adopting Future Readiness.

Early adopters shifting towards becoming Future Ready™ include European cities such as Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Vienna, Barcelona, Paris, Stockholm, London, Hamburg, Berlin and Helsinki. They are all leading the charge with smart initiatives from new mobility solutions in bike and auto sharing, efficient energy and smart parking to the development of home energy storage for integration with smart grids.

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Barcelona aims to connect services directly to mobile users in real-time.

 

The urban regeneration project in Stockholm has become a testing bed for new information and communications testing technology (ICTs), focusing on improving total connectivity across the city, quality of life and helping grow local economies. In London, the Startup Genome project is Europe’s best entrepreneurial eco-system project that connects entrepreneurs who are interested in making London into the smartest global city. This breeding ground allows collaboration, more social connectivity between like-minded individuals and will hopefully produce innovative outcomes, which will lead to smarter cities.

In the next five years, we can expect to start connecting to urban services such as the Fire Department, Police, Ambulance, Public Transport and Personal Transport (UBER, LYFT) via mobile, tablet or wearable lifestyle devices.

 

Where are we headed?

Imagine living in an urban space where all current modern city problems such as traffic congestion, security, pollution, inconsistent public transport and cumbersome e-commerce systems disappear. Welcome to the next generation of smart cities that involves total connectedness of the city via technology and the information that it generates.

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is a scenario where objects and people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network, without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. IoE has evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), the Internet and GPS.

This real-time data will be aggregated at various command centres across the city, and governments and businesses will have the ability to make immediate changes within the city to allow it to operate smoothly.

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New York City: in the near future connected services, location mapping and connected living zones will be the norm.

 

In terms of auto-mobility, smart urban transit network hubs will be able to systematically run motion grid. Driverless vehicles will be able to ‘talk’ to each other, allowing them to preempt any potential danger, signal changes in conditions, offer smarter destination routes and work together for a better, more unified existence.

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop project is the first of its kind to introduce travel at near Mach 1 for citizens.

 

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The future of Paris visualised by  Vincent Callebaut’s for the year 2050.

 

In the future, the world’s most livable cities will include the above technological 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. In the future, cities will account for nearly 90% of the world’s global population growth, 80% of wealth creation and 60% of total energy consumption.

Helsinki is currently in planning stages to create car-free transit, walkable neighborhoods in the next decade. Their vision is to fill expressways with new housing, cafes, bike lanes, trams and buses. New services such as their ‘Mobility on Demand App’ will make it simple to call up a bus, taxi or shared mobility service.

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Helsinki is the leader in smart city testing and activity due to its suitable size.

 

By 2050, how smart will we need to be to live in smart cities?

Sensors and Real-Time data capturing will become the norm by 2050. We will start living in a totally connected world controlled by what Dr.Kirstofer Pister from the University of California, Berkeley calls ‘Smart Dust’. Smart Dust refers to wireless microcomputers with sensing, computation, and communication abilities. Smart Dust will be responsible for connecting all utilities, grid systems, auto-mobility and personalising these services to individuals. [source]

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Click here to watch the ‘Smart Dust’ film by Dr.Kirstofer Pister from the University of California.

 

We will also see the rise of better solutions in smart cities derived from matured data generated over 25 years’ worth of connectivity. As a consequence, education opportunities will attract smart citizens to create better innovation solutions. An exciting future is upon us.

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OUTCOMES:

  • Reduction in noise, pollution, consumption of scarce resources.
  • The elimination of traffic congestion as we know it.
  • Everything the city uses will be monitored and adjusted accordingly.
  • The city will run efficiently and smoothly, all the issues that we experience to day living in a city will be solved.

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IMPACTS:

  • The implications of smart cities are enormous, it will impact every human, very business, every brand.
  • Smart cities will get to the stage where they will think for us, control our environments as well as allowing us to control our own.
  • From your daily movements, to what you consume and things you do will be captured, processed and used to make a city run smoother in a very smart way.
  • Increase in occupation extinction, as technology replaces roles of humans.
  • Societal problems of what to people do with greater leisure time as working weeks shrink due to technological advancements, and balancing the need to people to work and limited jobs that are available.

 

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