#7 [Smart Cities Web Series] – CONCLUSION

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Smart Cities is an easy spread word but the odds that involve in making it happenapart from involving huge money & technology appreciation are decisions & co-ordination involved among the various departments of the government.

Smart City Design-Stakeholders:  City council and City Administration, National and Regional Governments, Citizens and Citizen Organizations, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Industry Associations, Standardization Bodies, Urban Planners, City Service Companies, ICT Companies, International, Regional and Multilateral Organizations, Academia, Research Organizations and Specialized Bodies and Utility Providers.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

  1. Environment : Air quality, Water, Noise, Biodiversity and Energy.
  2. Society & Culture : Education, Health, Safety, Housing and Culture.
  3. Economy : Innovation, Employment, Trade, Productivity, Physical infrastructure and ICT infrastructure.
A few concerns:
  1. Cost of living: Rate of taxes on citizens and hence cost of living will shoot up to cover the massive investment that would require towards Smart city infrastructure build-up and operations needs.
  2. Awareness of citizens:  Moderate percentage of digitally illiterate people live in cities and are susceptible to a lot of self and system damage.
  3. Privacy concerns for its citizens:  Acquisition of a lot of data that can reveal a lot of things about the individuals.
  4. Security and Safety concerns: A big threat to safety & security of individuals if privacy aspects are compromised.

If Smart cities are made with overreliance on electronics/’the network’. If a whole city is dependent on some AI (Artificial intelligence) that is running the show, again, this is perhaps something of concern.

Governing authorities should ensure the data privacy/security aspects to be well in control and to push good drive to eradicate the digital illiteracy.

Smart cities episode 7 - concerns

A few benefits of sustainable smart cities:

  1. A road tolling system increases the efficiency in utilizing public infrastructure. Whereby each car has an electronic device that can be scanned by the road tolls and when you drive on certain sections of road, you are charged for it. In Singapore like cities, the tolling is dynamic meaning the traffic authority knows traffic patterns and can adjust the price for road space based on usage.
  2. Stores were to implement smart restocking, whereby they need to keep less inventory in the store, because they know more precisely when stocks will run out. This allows them to have smaller store footprints, greater product selection, less products going to waste, etc., all of which should lead to lower cost.
  3. A network of CCTV cameraswith facial recognition technology that can recognize likely criminals before they strike, or take down criminals with better precision after crimes have been committed. Which should lead to Lower crime.
  4. Other areas:
  5. Connecting Cities and Communities
    1. Smart Living
    2. Smart Mobility
    3. Smart Environment
  6. Enhancing Innovation and Participation
    1. Smart Governance
    2. Smart People
    3. Smart Economy

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Conclusion:

The pressing demands to meet the normal life requirements in the cities that are exploding in length and breadth with unimaginable population continue to relocate from Villages and towns has made the SMART CITY A NECESSITY.

To build smart and sustainable cities, research on “standards and technology” from academia and industries are in good swing.

Especially R&Ds are focusing on ‘technology & infrastructure’ to address Smart demands like… -Smart Grid – Cloud Computing – Internet of Things (IoT) – Intelligent Transportation – eHealth”.

Smart cities still need significant maturity for effective design and operation.

 

Your Role… to be contd

Smart Cities draw the criteria for living, development & growth which every country strives to achieve.
Hope you liked our inititation & play your part in achieving #SmartLiving.

Rao Suryanaraya

Ex-Scientist in DRDO, Ex - Qualcomm, Mr. C.S.N Rao brings decades of expertise from the corporate world & currently as the director of Elmeasure for the past 6 years, handles the projects specified to Smart Cities.

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