To handle future population shifts and the increased demand of services, both government and private sectors believe that smart cities are the future.
Nowadays more than 54 % of the global population lives in urban centers, with that number expected to rise to 66 % by 2050, leading to new challenges in housing, transportation and energy. Cities consume 70 % of generated energy and produce up to 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Last year, India announced its “100 Smart Cities” plan to upgrade its urban areas while China launched its “Smart Cities – Smart Growth” initiative. In Latin America, Colombia and Brazil are leading major urban development projects applying the smart city concept.
A safe smart city is a long-term approach not only to manage population growth in urban centers but also to help residents and the economy thrive.
Critical principles of smart city safety include:
- Energy must be produced responsibly, deployed safely and utilized sensibly.
- Buildings must be “green” as determined not only by their energy use and water consumption but also by considering factors that affect human health, such as indoor air quality.
- Safety transportation by helping ensure new technologies, for example electric vehicles, must utilize safe charging stations and manufacturers should mitigate the risks associated with batteries.
- Safe environments with efficient technologies, clean indoor air quality and strong data security must be provided for healthcare and other public facilities.
A safe smart city needs new methods to handle traffic, transportation and air pollution. Governments and private sectors should work together to create new approaches to offer new opportunities for future generations of urban citizens.
A “safe, smart city” requires new methods to handle traffic, transportation and air pollution. Government and private sectors can work together to shape the approaches now that will offer exciting opportunities for future generations of urban dwellers.