At SelectPR we are obsessed with tech and the fusion of technology with city living. We wanted to share a few cities that we think are really hitting the mark when it comes to forward thinking ideas.
The idea of living in a city that is working for our benefit is something that various cities across globe have been doing now for a few years. These three smart cities stand out as must-visit locations that are trying to tackle problems like climate change, urban crowding and an ageing population.
The sovereign city state is at the forefront for its use of Big Data in their ability to provide services to citizens. Sensors throughout the city provide the government with incredible amounts of data which is then used for initiatives such as parking monitors, efficient lighting, waste disposal and innovative new systems like ‘Tele-Health‘.
Singapore took a further step in 2012, by evolving its already high-class public transport system to include interactive maps, wi-fi, e-books and even a swing. These steps have the final outcome of maintaining their citizens happiness and giving them the smoothest public service possible. The initiative is led by Singapore’s Smart Nation and Digital Government Office is committed to creating a future that is driven by tech-led solutions.
The Catalan capital also offers its citizens a plethora of tech boosted public services. Leading their tech solutions is a bus service that recently debuted a new orthogonal bus network making it faster, easier to use and more frequent, among other features. The bus system has sustainable mobility, reducing emissions with hybrid buses.
Alongside the buses the city also manage a bicycle sharing system (Bicing), a sustainable and economic form of transport that gives citizens the option to travel short distances without consuming any energy.
The installation of smart parking spaces that use light, metal detectors and sensors to detect if a parking spot is occupied has given Barcelona another marker in terms its smart city status. Access to real-time information has given increased urban mobility throughout the centre, speeding up journey times and letting citizens focus on their activities rather than the problems with their commute.
We have named merely a few of the ways Barcelona is leading change with technology, let’s hope other cities can adopt ways to make their citizens more happy. Ridership with Barcelona’s transport system has increased by 30% in the past four years, showing that their strategies really are working.
As well as being renowned for some of the coolest style aesthetics, the Danish capital is also pathing its way to become a must see smart city. The first impressive statistic that Copenhagen can present is the fact that 50% of their citizens go to their workplace or educational institution by bike.
Copenhagen has also coined the “Blue and Green City’ concept:90% of Copenhageners should be able to walk to a park, beach, natural area or sea swimming pool in less that fifteen minutes. This may not be as tech-focused as other goals that cities have but it will certainly give citizens a better quality of life.
In terms of food and consumption Copenhagen is committed to having at least 20% of the city’s total food coming from an organic source. This has been an even bigger commitment in terms of institutions with the aim of 90% organic food consumption. The city’s various commitments have led it to be consistently shortlisted for events like the Smart City Expo.
These cities really are pathing the way to the future with their tech-led solutions. This showcase is just the tip of the smart city iceberg yet already it is possible to see that they are more than on their way to becoming leading Smart Cities. What steps would you like to see your city take in order to become ‘smart’? To keep up with our latest blog posts follow us on LinkedIn or visit our website.