The accelerating growth of cities and their disproportionate consumption of physical and social resources are unsustainable, as are the traditional systems cities rely upon to deliver resources. The future of our world is decided by the quality of its future cities that is smart futuristic lifestyle projects. As cities get smarter, they are becoming more livable and more responsive and today we are seeing only a preview of what technology could eventually do in the urban environment. A smart city is, however, perceived to be a harmonic blend of history with character, heritage, aesthetics, architecture, technology, economy, environment and modern lifestyle. A smart city is designed to optimize residents’ quality of life by leveraging technology and integrating several essential functions like managing citizens’ data, intelligent transportation, public safety and security among others. Primarily, smart city deployments come with multiple features and state-of-the-art technologies and comprise of diverse ecosystems of technology providers.
Today's cities face significant challenges such as increasing population, lack of physical and social infrastructure, environmental and regulatory requirements and increased living costs. They have to learn to identify new and smart ways to manage the complexity of urban living. Long standing urban challenges include housing, especially for low-income populations, infrastructure provision, and the delivery of a variety of services including water, electricity, sanitation, education and health.
Various devices like sensors, gateways, communication infrastructure and servers will collectively bring to life the concept of ‘Internet of Things’ – a critical component in shaping the cities of the future. The use of Smart City technologies results in cost efficiencies, resilient infrastructure, and an improved urban experience. ‘Smart Projects is the latest concept when it comes to building the cities of the future. Infrastructure of a city comprises of housing, sanitation, water supply and sewage, electric power supply and distribution, transportation, waste management and communication. A smart city is one that uses sensor-driven data collection and powerful analytics to automate a wide range of services for optimal use of resources, lowering costs and lessened environmental impact for more sustainable development. Disruptive technologies like IoT are major drivers in transforming any urban city into a smart city, enabled by the smart use of data to address problems and provide solutions.
Three levels work together to make a smart city by technology base, which includes a critical mass of smart phones and sensors connected by high-speed communication networks, specific applications and usage by the public. The range of potential solutions built over the digital shadow is vast and continually growing. These solutions can be broken down into these four areas:
1. Smart economy - increasing the city’s competitiveness.
2. Smart environment - minimizing the ecological footprint of a project.
3. Smart living - improving the quality of life in the project.
4. Smart mobility - creating new and sustainable mobility options in the city.
Advantages of A Smart City projects
Improved Quality of Life– Similar to how a smart phone brings the entire world to our fingertips, a smart city incorporates state-of-the-art technologies to upgrade the quality of life for an entire city.
• A Catalyst for Better Health
• Cleaner and Sustainable Environment
• Public Safety
• Traffic Management
Smart City project initiatives are typically complex by nature, involving many stakeholders and mobilizing significant resources. A city only becomes truly ‘smart’ when all citizens are ready for it. Urban planners and innovators might develop personas of the ideal ‘smart citizen’ as they prepare future plans for their cities. These often assume that citizens enjoy internet access, and are tech-savvy enough to use and interact with the city’s spaces and services. Building a smart workforce is another aspect of ensuring that smart city initiatives are adopted. A holistic strategy ensures that all ages have access to technology, education and the opportunities to add value and have a part to play in developing the city.
Greenfield development must include integrated city planning physical, utilities, social, environmental, operational and digital. The process involves plans for technology innovation, knowledge sharing, digital solutions, services and modernization of city operations. Smart planning embraces strategic priorities where technologies are expected to have the greatest positive impact on quality of life:
• Attractive tourism
• Data area and platform
• Mobility of the future
• People and the urban environment
• Smart buildings and energy
• Waste-free city
Smart Cities utilize sensor technology to gather and analyze information in an effort to improve the quality of life for residents. Sensors collect data on everything from rush hour stats to crime rates to overall air quality. Citizens engage with smart city projects ecosystems in various ways using smart phones, mobile devices and connected cars and homes. Pairing devices and data with a city’s physical infrastructure and services can cut costs and improve sustainability. The digital and connected goal of Future Living starts within the residential projects. Digital & connected solutions are further extended to include wider security, safety, and smart building solutions that enhance the overall comfort & safety of residents.