Smart Solutions For A Simpler City Life
An easy guide for communicating smart city solutions to citizens
- October 05, 2020 13:00
- Telelink City
Although smart solutions have already been implemented in many cities, it seems that not many people notice their existence. One might argue that this is the whole point – improving life in an unobtrusive (subtle) way.
But since future developments often rely on public approval before they are executed, itis important to know and communicate the benefits of smart solutions to citizens. Especially if success is dependent on the mass adoption of a certain technology!
Accumulating the critical mass for smart technologies to work
A smart city is one that deploys a network of IoT sensors and apps which communicate via a high-speed connection. In order for the gathered information and the system’s response to be reliable, there needs to be a critical mass of users, such as citizens, enterprises, city administration.
If too few people use a specific smart solution, it simply cannot be efficient. So, the first aspect of improving the lives of citizens and building their trust is to improve communication.
The introduction of digital citizenship platforms facilitates communication between city officials and citizens, thus making it easier for people to feel as a part of the urban community. Getting updates, voting on important causes, alerting city management teams on specific issues – these are only some of the ways a digital citizenship platform and app could potentially increase civic involvement in urban life.
Seeing benefits in the long run
There are many solutions finding place on the smart agenda – from public transit to air monitoring. Once they have been implemented, they can be regarded as part of a single ecosystem. Let’s see how they come together to make a positive impact on urban living.
Making the city safer
Smart surveillance systems, smart lighting poles and real-time emergency alerts help make people feel safer. In addition to this, intelligent traffic systems can shorten the time it takes for first responders to arrive at an emergency scene (by creating a green light passage), thus helping save lives. Based on previously accumulated data, city management can allocate available resources more efficiently (this goes especially for police forces).
Improving citizens’ health
Smart public transportation, traffic management and parking solutions can cut greenhouse emissions in a matter of months, partially solving the smog issues that most big cities are facing nowadays. In a city where people prefer public transportation due to its efficiency, problems related to traffic jams and scarce parking spots can be reduced significantly. This will, in turn, diminish the negative impact on health – not only with the reduction of air pollution levels but also by lowering the stress levels associated with daily commuting.
The most elusive, yet one of the most important aspects of smart cities, is their ability to optimise resources. Time is also a resource, and a pretty expensive one if you ask urban dwellers. Implementing smart mobility can reduce the time it takes people to get from A to B, thus giving them more time to do what they love.
Saving public resources
Big cities can be notorious for their inefficient spending of money and resources. A big portion of the problem stems from the inadequate monitoring system – decisions are taken based on scarce or inaccurate information.
With the implementation of smart sensors and the mass usage of connected apps, decisions can be based on real-time data. This can help improve public spending and help city officials feel more accountable for their decisions.
It will not be an exaggeration to say that every smart city solution stems from or leads to a more sustainable way of living. With an ever-growing world population, the challenge of creating communities that hold sustainability close to heart is a job for city authorities. Creating a network of sustainable solutions across the city and facilitating the proactive approach of citizens has an impact on the whole ecosystem.
Decreasing the cost of life
By optimising the entire system, city management can effectively reduce the prices of services, thus lowering the overall cost of living in the long run.
Improving the quality of life as the ultimate goal of smart solutions
All the above aspects combined improve the overall quality of urban life. Some residents may encounter all of the improvements while others may see only a small portion of them. It depends on their way of life and the areas of city they are most involved in.
That is why itis important to not only communicate the benefits before the implementation of a smart solution but also its results afterwards.
Maybe there are people who do not use public transport because they think it is slow and crowded. Maybe there are people who pay a lot fort a parking spot not knowing there are cheaper options provided by the municipality. And you guessed it – a digital citizenship platform would be the best way to fill these knowledge gaps, closing the loop of urban smart development in the process.
Curious how your city can begin its journey towards smart solutions? Contact us so we can discuss it!
Telelink City can partner with global and local institutions to efficiently integrate this innovation in your city.
This article was originally published on: https://telelink-city.com/smart-solutions-simpler-life/
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