Visiting Smart Cities
A Smart City has an integrated information network which is shared with its citizens, including information about infrastructures supporting economic growth, guaranteeing social inclusion and ensuring environmental protection. It also poses as a way to get citizens more involved in city life and to decrease the loneliness that naturally comes with living in a city.
Essentially, a smart city uses urban technology to improve efficiency in services and increase its citizens’ quality of life. It facilitates the interaction between the community, the city officials and infrastructure – resulting in accurate, real time understanding of what is happening in the city, how it is evolving, and how to provide better conditions for its inhabitants.
The most important aspect is the massive amount of data being collected (thereon processed and analysed) from citizens and devices, through sensors integrated with real-time monitoring systems, which is the key to tackle inefficiency and to enhance urban services’ quality, performance and interactivity. This results in reduced costs and resource consumption, while improving the contact between citizens and government.
A Smart City will be better prepared to rise up to challenges, being its paramount feature the possibility to react in real time to urban flows and adapt the subsequent response.
Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.
- Joseph Krutch -
Smart Cities are based on IoT (Internet of Things), which means that connected, intelligent elements become a system of systems. Due to its very nature, Smart Cities can have as broad an application as it needs to be.
Songdo International Business District is a city in South Korea built from the ground up, created and designed to be a Smart City (which means it features a wide area network collecting data from houses, offices and streets).
Amsterdam has a Smart City initiative, where local residents, businesses and government have collaborated to develop over 170 projects.
Each day is more likely that we see a redefined relationship between creator and creation; from an intelligent, interconnected world we are closer than ever before to see systems that can understand, reason and learn, using analytics, natural language processing and machine learning.
Smart Cities require a broadly accessible interface, in order to bridge the gap between local government and citizens.
With Moobo’s Smart Furniture, we want to make life easier for both citizens and tourists, while assisting with the optimization of municipal infrastructures’ management.
Our products increase public venues’ appeal, facilitating access to information and optimizing existent city resources. At the same time, it gathers information necessary for processes optimization and cost reduction.