Modern societies: How smart is your city actually?

How often do you stand still for a red light, while you are in a hurry? Waiting in those traffic jams when you’re heading to work are becoming annoying every day. Not finding any parking space close to your favourite restaurant where you have a reservation in just five minutes. And since the world’s urban population is expanding, these problems can become even worse.

Fear no more! With the upcoming technologies and smart devices, it becomes easier to save your time in a precise way. This blog is about the upcoming trend of cities worldwide are becoming smarter!

According to the Guardian, cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona and Manchester are getting. Smart cities are cities that are you using technology on a useful manner by developing techniques of combining people, data and IT processes all together. By building sensors, cameras and using several other devices, cities create a huge amount of measurable big data. This big data helps a city to make it more safe, accessible, pleasant or more green simply by analysing it.
Second, municipalities can also make use of their own data by knowing its citizens: where they live, their work life, when they do groceries, et cetera. This helps the city to plan their next move for building a new shopping mall for instance.

Also, more and more devices are connected to the Internet. All these devices are collecting data with their sensors and monitoring every move. Imagine if all these devices are uploading valuable information to the Internet and find a way to communicate with each other in a network. And this network is connected to various platforms or cloud-based services. This so called collaborating from smart devices is called the Internet of things.

Example. Imagine your phone knows that you have an appointment within an hour. Normally, you think that it will you take you twenty minutes to get there. What you don’t know is that there is a car accident in your planned route. Your phone can suggest a new route and tell you at what exact time you have to leave from the location you are at. If more people work this way, municipalities have the control over traffic jams in their city and people can easily be alerted in time. Local police can schedule their surveillance route more efficient.

Due this change in technology, cities can predict or respond quickly to what is happening in a city. Managing these data flows (big data) helps them to regulate air pollution, create more safety for their citizens or manage traffic for example. This is spread out in smart city segments such as energy, transportation healthcare, building, infrastructure and governance. By doing this, cities can improve the quality of life for their citizens.

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Using all this data, gives companies an opportunity in this market. Think about from analysing and securing this data. This data creates a lot of potential. According to an article in the Forbes written by Sarwant Singh, two researched found out that this combined market has a potential worth $1,5 trillion worldwide. Smart cities can take different roles in these engagements:

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What do you think? Does the future seem so bright? Are you afraid like you’re always been watched? How about the security issues with all this sensitive information?

Let me know what you think…

Hicham Gouiza



One response to “Modern societies: How smart is your city actually?”

  1. 345516nyn says :

    This is such an interesting topic!
    It truly feels like we’re having a generation shift, only this time its a digital shift.
    In a smart world everything will have a chip transferring and receiving data, from a lamp to garbage bag to even animals. Like your diagram suggests, everything will be connected.
    However don’t you think that this world will have a a very big risk compared to ours right now? I’m talking about the security involving a smart world, and I am not only talking about the privacy question but about the vulnerability of the system that will be created. For example: imagine that everyone is driving self-driving cars, everyone is enjoying themselves, not paying attention to whats happening on the road. And then an incorrect signal from a cyber attack causes all cars on the road to accelerate and crash creating a huge catastrophe. Now this is a improbably example as there will most definitely be many security measures in place before this is implemented. But it shows my point of the security risks that a smart world has that the ‘old’ world does now.

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