Smart Cities of today are cities where every citizen benefits

Published in People

According to the United Nations, 54 per cent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. Cities and the new generation of smart cities are growing rapidly. A smart city is a connected city: safer, more economical, more ecological,...

From Copenhagen, San Francisco to Mexico City, many smart city initiatives and pilot projects are sprouting up to enhance the quality of life for citizens. Because with the right smart city practices in place, every citizen benefits, to say nothing of countries.

Copenhagen: the city data exchange

With solutions such as Smart Lightning, Smart Traffic Management, Waste Management and Intelligent Building Management, the goal is to reach a neutral CO2 emission level by 2025 and integrate a market for data exchange, the so-called City Data Exchange.

The objective is to enable individuals, businesses or public sectors to offer or obtain data, from demographic statistics to air quality data. Such a vision could tremendously accelerate the development of cities, in all respects. You could, for example, find the optimal location for a new business, based on the demographics of the neighbourhood. In this scenario, data enables investors to discover more competitive situations making their investment safer. 

Lyon: an intelligent approach 

Elected as the first French smart city in 2013, Lyon has put in place a Smart City strategy which aims at combining economic dynamism and sustainable development. The major urban projects carried by the metropolis have become "life-size" experimental areas. The objective of this huge project was to imagine and build new ways of living and working in the city. The Metropolis promotes open data and commits itself to build a public data service to support innovation and encourage citizen participation. Public data are made available on the Greater Lyon Data Platform: a key tool that encourages experimentation and the creation of new services. The added benefit of this innovative way of promoting the city is to help the region's sustainable and inclusive economic development

Different target groups, different needs

When you are dealing with data, the main issue is to get easily and only the data you really need and to be able to analyze it in a relevant way. The same goes for cities… For example, some mobility projects are aiming to measure air quality. They use sensors placed on city vehicles and this system generates data such as 'heat maps'. Thanks to this map, the public authorities can build effective plans to fight against pollution by, among other things, creating pedestrian zones and zero emission zones. The “smart parking” and "smart energy" consumption are another relevant examples.

What can DataBroker DAO bring to Smart Cities?

We live in a time of change when increasing urbanisation creates challenges and fascinating opportunities in terms of smart cities. Both data providers and data users can benefit from a safe and reliable Databroker platform to face those challenges - the platform where they can generate, share and exchange value between each other.

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