According to The Telegraph, over half the world’s population now live in urban areas and the number is forecast to rise to 70% by 2050, so the Smart City concept is becoming increasingly central to the world’s ability to achieve long-term sustainability.
Smart Cities are sustainable ‘next generation’ cities where information technology enables efficiencies in the use of energy and other resources. Essentially, a ‘connected’ cityscape employing SMART methodologies:
- Sensing networks for movement of people, assets and traffic
- Modelling city behaviour for housing, labour and infrastructure
- Advanced monitoring and demand forecasting for utilities
- Reduction of risks and hazards through governance and security programs
- Technology with open data and open source for simple integration
In a Smart City, traffic lights, utility smart meters
and public transport could all be connected and
feed back invaluable data.
The UK government has long been a champion of Smart City capabilities. Glasgow and Bristol are already progressing their Smart City status, with smart street lights and traffic sensors and city-wide data collection respectively and some county councils are deploying sensors to monitor salt usage during cold weather to help highways teams create priority salt route maps.
It’s clear we must continue to embrace Smarty City concepts to drive development, environmental conservation and quality of life improvements.
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