With modern technology comes the advancement of city projects turning into smart cities. Some of the most flourishing appear to be those that are built on a brand new site. The cities that have been standing for decades or longer do not seem to do quite as well.
An infrastructure that is modern and digital is built with data open to the public so that the citizens can see it when they want to is what defines a smart city. There is some type of physical infrastructure like the Internet of Things that make all the data manageable and deliverable. There is a smart city project popping up in countries all over the globe in 2018. Here are some of the ones to watch out for.
Dubai is at the top of the list when it comes to the wealthiest cities in the world. So, there’s no surprise that it’s ahead in the smart city technologies category. Vehicle parking, traffic direction, and transportation are all running through the Arab authorities and the Internet of Things.
The city has five main points as part of their strategy:
They are striving to provide a class of infrastructure and smart services that creates happiness within the community. Some of the benefits that the people are taking advantage of involving the medical services delivery and eventually medical products are otherwise known as telemedicine.
In Hamburg, they are encouraging their citizens to take advantage of all the updates and work towards complete implementation of the smart city project. They are working at improving environmental conditions and safety with the assistance of Cisco, a hardware megacorp. The smartPORT is focused on managing the traffic systems and optimizing the infrastructure. Through a system of cameras and sensors on the Internet of Things network, the area’s officials declare it to be the best in all digitally enabled projects in the country.
Los Angeles, USA
LA is around fifty percent the size of New York City in population. However, it hasn’t stopped their smart city project from taking off. The area is only just over 300 miles from the urban hub of Silicon Valley which runs on transport and energy along with the use of Internet of Things technologies everywhere.
Some of the programs that they are utilizing already include parking meters that are run using the LA Express Park application. People in the city can use it in conjunction with services like ParkMe and Parker to stay up-to-date on prices, locations, and capacity in real-time.
Their technology surrounding parking sensors called StreetLine is said to have saved the drivers of the city several million miles off of driving time that would have otherwise been wasted. Philips Lighting put enhancements in the lighting system recently, and they have had fully synchronized traffic lights since 2013.
One application that is still in the works is Many Cities. Its purpose is going to be to gather traffic data through mobile phones to create a platform for interactive visualization. Through the analysis techniques, the engineers are reaching for an ability to gauge human behaviours. There is data on it from four to five years ago that is being worked on right now, but they’re hoping to have it fully implemented in real time in the next couple of years.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
After a tragic landslide, the cities officials promised to do whatever they could with IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center to gather, crunch, and delivery details to avoid such a disaster in the future. The IBM program seems to be somewhat unrecognized right now, but it can analyze comments put on social media, and it allows the local citizens to share and comment about concerns they may be having.
Rio is on the list of the most popular places for tourists to visit in the entire world. They need the ability to have something in place to prevent risks to crowds that is coordinated. The program isn’t perfect and needs some work. In the end, there will be no way to predict all accidents and disasters fully, but it’s one way to prevent damages from being so detrimental.
Bristol’s smart city project jumped in front of London in 2017 on the UK Smart Cities Index. Dubbed “Bristol is Open,” it runs together with the Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol. The technologies that are facilitated include community engagement, data access, and energy innovation. Other features include alarm and security monitoring, lone worker support, and telecare.