A smart city is a term used to depict an urban area that uses information communication technology to manage its systems like transport networks, water supply, traffic, and many other.

The idea is to share information, increase operational efficiency, and improve the quality of life of the city’s citizens.

At the rate at which urbanization is taking place, the world is at a place where better ways of managing resources like energy and water have to be put in place to sustain the ever growing population.

In the past couple of years, we have seen influential tech companies like Qognify,  IBM, Siemens, and Cisco take on this concept of a smart city to propel us in a future we can now see and relate to as a smart city.

Better Quality of Life

Technology is at the center of smart cities. Modern cities like Milton Keynes, UK, Seattle in the US, and Barcelona in Spain can all attest to reaping the benefits of the technological strategies to improve their life.

When we say quality of life, it may appear vague but it all stems from integrating technology in our daily lives. From the air we breathe to digitization of city operations and traditional infrastructure. It is about reducing carbon emissions, less traffic, reduction of health bills, and being able to see improvements in the quality of life by a good margin of over 30%.

Adapting to advanced technologies

As more cities continue incorporate advanced systems, it is apparent that modern technology will continue to get more and more sophisticated. Since we are not where we were in the yester years, cities have to keep up to be able to sustain lives and maintain control in their jurisdictions.

Technology reinforces these aspects by transforming municipal governments and companies alike. It involves enhancing the systems and services and adapting to changes in the system that include automation in the system like on-demand street lighting and free Wi-Fi in public places.

 

Published by Peter Garlow