Constant development and industrial growth are, without a doubt, vital to find ways to make our world a better, safer and, last but not least, a healthier place to live. Every day, every one of us has to face similar challenges, and although these challenges aren’t new, right now the solutions to them are.
That is why, the development of Smart Cities isn’t aimed only at helping people, as individuals, but can also play an abundant role while improving the quality of our lives.
What are the threats that may emerge and how can modern cities face them?
Read on and find out.
Challenge #1 – Healthcare
All over the globe there are people who still have limited access to comprehensive, effective and, above all, inexpensive healthcare. Sectors responsible for taking care of the elderly aren’t prepared for constantly aging citizens and spreading diseases.
Ensuring effortless access to healthcare is crucial, especially to the primary care sector. Modern solutions can facilitate a myriad of things, such as treating patients remotely, at the same time ensuring contact with world-renowned specialists.
What is more, digital era led us to the place where we do not have to spend time in the waiting rooms since consultations with doctors can be done almost on the spot via a mobile device, at the comfort of your own home.
Controlled social benefits administration and individual approach are yet another facilitation possible thanks to technology. As a result, people can be effectively treated without any compromises.
Challenge #2 – Education
Graduating from prestigious colleges and finding a perfect job is a dream that most of us share. However, it’s not always that simple because there are places where free access to universities with well-qualified academic staff is scarce.
The educated population is the future we all should aim at. This is why the sooner the technology develops, the better improvements in this sector are introduced.
Nowadays, complex systems are already able to predict the percentage of students at risk of dropping out of school, simultaneously offering them ways that may change their situation and reverse their theoretical fate.
Schools are making the most of modern technologies, becoming more inventive and supporting advanced teaching techniques. No need to mention that such enhancements to the learning process make it as effective as possible.
Innovative educational systems and detailed analytics can help people get easier access to knowledge leading to better-educated society.
Challenge #3 – Safety
In the times of advanced technology, safety is easier to be compromised. Self-driving cars, overcrowded airports, costly data leaks and constantly recurring cyber-crimes, along with growing population, can give us sleepless nights.
Sometimes technology can let us down since, if not properly managed, it can be easily hacked.
How to keep safe then?
Of course, it is almost impossible to eliminate the risks, however they can be reduced to the minimum. It is essential to start with the basics – thorough analytics may help in the implementation of better organisation of safety units and monitoring of streets and borders. Additionally, the implementation of smart security systems protects our data that is prone to leaks.
The quicker technology develops, the more risks may come to the light. However, there are also more opportunities to face these risks and get ahead of them. After all, smart technologies are being introduced to facilitate not only us, but also future generations.
Nowadays, we are able to deliver solutions that can change the course of our lives.
To further develop this initiative, Microsoft has signed a strategic partnership with Future Processing, which will see our IT solutions featured in Microsoft’s portfolio of Smart City solutions.
Thinking long term about which solutions will be beneficial now and in the years to come, not only helps manage finances, but also gives people time to adjust to the new developments. As the increase in urbanisation results in new challenges, we hope that working with Microsoft will empower us to help cities address what’s next in shaping their future.