Innovation and sustainability: these two key factors have shaped some of the smartest cities around the world to embrace the future by taking on a more holistic yet inventive approach to building communities, bolstering the economy, streamlining industrial activities, improving public services, and responding to the demands of a high-tech driven population today and in the future.
Creating smart cities was once a vision for technology companies to offer more products and services to consumers in a growing urban setting. However, leaders of these cities started redefining what a “smart city” should be and it led to a more modernized way of how a technologically competitive urban community should holistically respond to the needs of its growing population. How? Let’s take a look at the leading countries in building smart cities to answer that question.
This island-city state has been named the world’s ‘smartest city’ in many occasions because of its Smart Nation Platform that aims to collect millions of data from a nationwide sensor network. In addition to that, a remarkably 98 percent of government services can be accessed online while its mobile apps-friendly systems have improved transport, health, and municipal services.
The country is world-famous not only because of its classical art and majestic ruins but also for its beautiful Barcelona, dubbed as the most wired city in the world. This is because of its impressive computer system fitted to lampposts that can measure traffic levels, crowds, road pollution and last but not the least—the number of photos of specific streets posted on Instagram, thanks to the sensors installed in every part of the city.
England’s London has made it to several ‘smart city’ rankings in the past and even if it continues to grow and age, it has been recognized for its pioneering use of open data, the London DataStore, to create and champion innovative solutions to solve the city’s challenges in urban development and tourism management. These resulted in the birth of smart solutions like transport apps, population and demographic projections, interactive maps, and many more.