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WHAT MAKES A SMART CITY SO “SMART”?14 October

WHAT MAKES A SMART CITY SO “SMART”?

Major technological, economic and environmental changes have generated interest in smart cities, including climate change, economic restructuring, the move to online retail and entertainment, ageing populations, urban population growth and pressures on public finances.

Are cities becoming “smart” in the same way that telephones became smart?

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While smartphones have become ubiquitous and have managed to reduce landline service to only 40% of American homes, “smart” within the context of phones, tablets, or watches tends to focus on the application of the technology. Smart cities focus on improving the quality of life with technology as an afterthought.

👉Read more: https://www.statista.com/chart/2072/landline-phones-in-the-united-states/

What is, exactly, a smart city?

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There are many ways to define smart cities.
All definitions agree that information and communication technologies (ICT) are integrated with the services provided by local governments to improve emergency services, reduce pollution, optimize traffic, benefit the private sector etc.

👉Read more:
https://www.techopedia.com/definition/31494/smart-city

Smart city trends

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Earlier smart cities tended to focus on infrastructure support such as traffic and waste management but now the trend has shifted to people as we enter the age of Smart City 2.0.

Not to be confused with Sim City 2000, Smart City 2.0 is now focused on engaging government, citizens, business, and rural communities. With this shift towards a human-centric approach, the trend now looks to areas such as citizen engagement, decentralization of control, and expansion into rural communities.

Major examples of this include the wider acceptance of IoT and WiFi technologies in smaller neighborhoods and rural communities, decentralizing data centers for faster and more accurate emergency services, and the use of apps for residents to directly engage in decisions for their communities.

Local governments have also found ways to benefit. Cities are finding opportunities to significantly increase revenue while improving public safety, increasing transparency, and improving partnerships with the private sector.

With an emphasis on people, governments have partnered with local businesses, retailers, mobile businesses, and tourism companies to create interesting opportunities that generate economic growth and revenue.

As WiFi and IoT technologies become increasingly affordable and widespread, cities can deploy smart sensors to improve traffic and save lives or monitor air pollution.

👉Read more trends on smart city:
https://blogs.cisco.com/government/top-10-smart-city-trends-for-2019

Top smart cities around the world

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The Top 10 smartest cities 2019: Singapore, Zurich, Oslo, Geneva. Copenhagen, Auckland, Taipei City, Helsinki, Bilbao, Dusseldorf

Source: https://interestingengineering.com/cities-that-came-out-on-top-first-edition-of-the-world-smart-city-rankings

What do they do in the smart cities?

🔸Traffic management
Adaptive traffic signals are the focus of many cities like Columbus, Ohio, which gathers data from the city’s fleet vehicles to ease congestion with better timed traffic signals. In Los Angeles, California, the city has opened its real time traffic and pedestrian monitoring data to the public, allowing housing authorities and residential developers to better pinpoint commutes when developing properties. In Singapore, the government has implemented a Parking Guidance System that gives drivers real-time information on parking availability everywhere in the city.

🔸Data collecting smart sensors
In Seoul, South Korea, the city is installing 50,000 smart sensors by 2020 to collect information on fine dust, traffic and other issues related to citizens’ lives. On the other hand, cities like Milton Keynes in England are using these sensors to gather data on citizens’ needs and behaviors. With this data, the city is putting up paywalls charge private-sector organizations who want to use it.

🔸Resource management
This is another major area that cities can earn money while ensuring sustainability. With the help of IBM, Malta is making a system of smart meters to identify energy and water consumption allowing people to monitor their usage. In addition to saving people money, this persuades people to conserve energy and water. A similar application took place in Charlotte, South Carolina, where the city saved $10 million in reduced power usage since 2011 by using the data to educate the community.

👉Read more: https://www.trafficsafetystore.com/blog/4-ways-cities-are-using-smart-technology-to-control-traffic-congestion/

How about the smart cities in Vietnam?

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Vietnam has seen a massive push towards smart city development. One of the latest movement is the Industry 4.0 Summit in Hanoi this October to focus on the digital transformation and smart city.

👉Read more: http://bit.ly/I40summit-recap

In line with the Prime Minister’s recently-approved master plan for sustainable smart development, smart cities are booming and foreign tech giants and investors are rushing in with new ambitious business plans to seize opportunities.

🔸The country’s capital, Hanoi, has developed “The Smart City ICT Architecture for Hanoi” which is currently underway and seeks full integration by 2025. The massive project is focused on e-government, public sector e-services, and digitizing traffic management and infrastructure.

🔸Ho Chi Minh City became the first city in Vietnam to issue a resolution and a scheme on developing itself into a smart city from 2017-2020. The project’s four areas include the creation of a common shared database, a research center for socio-economic policies, a smart administration center, and an information security centre.

🔸The beach city, Danang also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Swedish group for smart city developments costing VND2.1 trillion (US$91.3 million).

👉Source: https://www.vir.com.vn/hcm-citys-residents-to-benefit-from-smart-city-project-65723.html

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None of this can be possible without studying the successful international application of smart technologies in other cities, international tech firms providing solutions, and international investment.

As the international community looks at Vietnam for opportunities in developing smart cities, the country has a massive amount of other values it can present to the world stage.

At YellowBlocks, our mission is to connect the world’s most innovative thought leaders with the value of the local Vietnamese market to create powerful ecosystems for sustainable growth. YellowBlocks is committed to seeing the next wave of progress come to Vietnam and leading the country to more years of exponential growth.

Join our communities for more open discussion:

🔸ABCD Tech focusing on updating the trending news about AI / Blockchain / Cloud / Data: https://www.facebook.com/ABCDTechOrg/

🔸Women in Tech Vietnam focusing on connecting, engaging and inspiring the Vietnam community of female leaders /drivers in tech: https://www.facebook.com/WomenInTechVN/

🔸Chuyen Doi So Vietnam focusing on sharing the trending news about Digital Transformation around the globe and Vietnam: https://www.facebook.com/chuyendoisovn/

Are cities becoming “smart” in the same way that telephones became smart?

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While smartphones have become ubiquitous and have managed to reduce landline service to only 40% of American homes, “smart” within the context of phones, tablets, or watches tends to focus on the application of the technology. Smart cities focus on improving the quality of life with technology as an afterthought.

👉Read more: https://www.statista.com/chart/2072/landline-phones-in-the-united-states/


A curation content from YellowBlocks
Sources: Statista, Techopedia, Cisco, Interestingengineering, Geotab, Trafficsafetystore, Vir


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