Future Processing on how to become a smartcity

How to become a smart city?

date: 22 March 2016
reading time: 3 min

We are happy to live in the era of childhood dreams coming true. However, the idea of robot maids and magic wands is no longer what we hope for, since it made room for technology which enriches our everyday lives. So let us ask you: ‘Would you like to be a citizen of a smart city?’

You may need a reminder of what exactly a smart city is.

It is the use of technology to offer a better working, smarter habitat, facilitating not only everyday lives, but also the environment. All this, thanks to collecting data and focusing on challenges that may be solved in a smart way.  

Since we already reminded you the definition, let us unveil the ways your city may become smarter.

  1. Determine the needs of the area

Each city is different and has diverse issues. Thanks to using smart technologies, most of them may be solved. However not all solutions will match all areas. Why? There are many reasons like location, climate, or temperature. This is why, not only should the authorities dig deeper into specific needs of their city, but also make sure to engage citizens in the decision making process.

  1. Communicate the vision

Create a mock of a plan. What’s the budget for the project? What are the city’s needs? There will be a lot of merits – however it is all worth it, since making these intentions official may encourage investors to spend their money. Additionally, citizens will feel appreciated and involved, and this is extremely important.

  1. Prioritise

Not all facilitations have to happen at once. A lot of ideas will get implemented gradually. Projects with long-term benefits should come first on the list, to test the very idea of smart city in practice. Once these work out, the rest will follow and soon your city will be the example of smartness.

  1. Deploy smart things

Smart objects, sensors and facilitations are the novelty in the world as we know it. It is sensible to introduce them slowly from the very first stages (as we’ve mentioned above). Citizens need time to get accustomed and accept the new facilities. We must all bear in mind that, in time, such changes are bound to improve people’s lives and communication.

  1. Think about the future

Once all the smart facilitations and objects are implemented, they would have to be looked after in several years. This is why, cities must not only gather, but also constantly teach the supervisors of the new, to enjoy smart benefits for a long, long time.

The possibilities for better future are more and more visible everywhere we look. In time, things we are excited about now, may seem really ordinary, as we will be so used to them. But for now, let’s appreciate the times we live in. After all, we’re creating history.


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