A Smart City is a city where several aspects like environment, infrastructure, buildings, urban places, energy, resources, information and services are combined and linked through intelligent platforms and new technologies that serve and work for its citizens. Here lies an opportunity for both the public and private sector to deliver smart cities in an effective way that can match investment funds, by combining resources and technical skills.
By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. As these cities get even larger and more complex, they have an opportunity to leverage new “smart” technologies to make their cities more efficient and sustainable, and offer citizens a better quality of life.
City leaders face increasing pressure to achieve sustainable growth and build lasting regional advantages. Cities need a competitive edge to attract and retain economic investment and skilled workers, and to meet citizen expectations for city services that provide convenience, health and safety. To comply with emerging environmental and regulatory mandates, cities must also adapt and streamline existing processes.
The stakes are high for today’s cities. To attract new business and a skilled workforce, cities must be able to deliver competitive advantage and community value. In order to achieve both – and satisfy the needs of an increasingly demanding 21st century society – cities worldwide are looking to modernize their infrastructures. Realizing they must act now, cities are turning to continuously connected services to grow economic advantages and strengthen their communities.
Community leaders have learned that to build connected cities they require secure, reliable communications and that winning approaches:
Lead with the network first
Build on industry-wide, open standards
Support multiple applications and rich information services
Connected cities encompass a full spectrum of city systems, including transportation, energy, water, health and safety, environmental sustainability and building management. The associated applications and citizen services must seamlessly integrate together – enabling the sharing of information from all network devices – in order to maximize community value and return on investment (ROI). Yet increasing costs, soloed city departments and technical complexities hold cities back at a time when they need to strengthen infrastructure, build networks and offer compelling new BEST PRACTICES TO GET THERE.
The drivers of smart cities
Powerful forces are converging to make smart cities a growing trend all around the world. It is valuable for city leaders to understand what’s behind this momentum and how it will play out in their region. Chances are some of the pain points described below will hit close to home.
Growing economic competition
Growing environmental challenges
Rapidly improving technology capabilities
Rapidly declining technology costs
And there’s much more to come
Our Smart City Energy Master Plan Concept is a holistic approach that consists of a set of services and innovative technologies and targets Quality Technologies, Energy Management & Energy Savings for the City. With the use of GIS systems and our applications technologies we digitize all infrastructure (electrical, water, buildings, irrigation, etc.).