Smart City initiatives Around the World
Despite the fact that the modern day paradigm of the Smart City is part of our everyday parlance, the exact nature of what they represent is still a little unclear.
In this article, we take a look at some of the leading cities around the world that are pursuing their own Smart City initiatives and how they’re fairing.
We start in the city of London, which has long been at the forefront of the development of the concept of smart technology and IoT implementation. It first employed smart tech as a traffic controlling measure, with solutions created to alleviate congestion and provide a greater abundance of parking. As a major global tech hub, London is well connected in terms of the availability of broadband and has made a commitment to making data available via its public Smart City initiative which allows for visitors to navigate around London with a smartphone app.
In terms of investment, London has pledged £4bn to improving its road network, including implementing more smart traffic systems that help reduce its longstanding traffic issues.
Another european tech powerhouse, Barcelona is another city that has implemented IoT hardware to improve traffic congestion. City planners introduced a strategy to use high tech sensors to remodel traffic flow through Spain’s capital city – a move that is thought to have reduced congestion by as much 20%.
Rather than focusing just on traffic, Barcelona has also done much work in installing sensors to monitor noise and air quality, was well as those that manage street lighting. It is also providing significant investment in providing public WiFi access and in sustainable energy and environment projects. It is fair to say that it has grasped the concept and what it can offer better and more holistically than London has to this point.
Finally, we look at Singapore, which is arguably at the front of global efforts to create a true Smart CIty. The island itself features an unprecedented amount of sensors that monitor all kinds of metric, from pollution to traffic levels. So advanced are their efforts that it is already possible to detect unauthorised littering, smoking in no smoking zones, even when it occurs far above the ground in high rise buildings.
Singapore has taken the Smart City concept to a whole new level, with big plans to introduce ever more IoT software platforms and systems to achieve what they call Virtual Singapore. This allows for real time 3D modelling for the running of city wide maintenance tests and the gathering of many kinds of useful data. This is an addition to major investment it has already made in its industry leading transport network, which featuring phased traffic lights, smart parking and road sensors.
It’s true to say that the major cities around the world have a lot of catching up to do if they are to reach Singapore’s level.
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