In the digital era, it is incredibly difficult to separate science fiction from reality, in particular with the arrival of smart cities, the equivalent of what people think how the future will look like.
Actually, a smart city uses technology to improve and transform the citizens’ lives and the environment in which they live, so there is a collaboration between the public and private sectors for long-term transformation and growth.
SMART CITIES CAN CHANGE OUR DAILY LIFE
The first thing people know is that smart cities will have a breath-taking effect on every aspect of our daily lives. Indeed, the most significant advantages are:
The six urban domains for smart cities are: economy, mobility, security, education, living and environment. In addition, there are smart cities across the world that are aiming at improving mobility, healthcare, public safety and productivity.
Thanks to the support of the Internet of Things, a smart city is built to improve residents’ quality of life, enhancing business competitiveness and ensuring environmental sustainability.
THE DARK SIDE OF SMART CITIES
The majority of smart city initiatives are guided by bad intentions because smart cities are blurring the lines between the private and public domain.
Urban centres have always been at the heart of economic and technological progression, and this is essential for economic growth and sustainability. Indeed, competitive cities facilitate companies and industries to increase productivity and drive prosperity. We know that companies play an active role in the urban ecosystem.
The increasing need for a smart city represents a chance for businesses to re-shape the society. In fact, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in the cities by 2030. Therefore, everyone needs to embrace smart solutions to cope with the increasing competition of an urban world. In addition, both the public sector and private sector need to work together to realise the benefits of smart cities.
SMART CITIES BENEFITS
The rise of smart cities gives the private sector the opportunity to engage with governments for a mutually beneficial partnership.
Smart cities are “mega-community” projects, government driven. Their benefits will drive efficiencies back to the private sector, stimulating the economic growth, as well as creating opportunities for the private sector and for the investors. Obviously, governments have to create demand and citizens have to improve their digital skills.
SMART CITIES IN OUR FUTURE
Today, smart cities involve connected infrastructures and in the future the cities will become intelligent ecosystems connecting government, businesses and citizens to facilitate decision-making and innovation. It means that, an increasing number of people will have access to relevant information and they will be able to improve their quality of life and work standards. If this sense, governments will provide solutions, while businesses will embrace collaboration and citizens will become city co-developers.
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