The future of Europe comes with Smart Cities, those cities which will enable their inhabitants to live in a most optimal way thanks to a bunch of connections. The subject has been on the table for many years, but in which phase of its development do we stand. We try to answer this question here.
Smart City definition
A Smart City is a place where traditional services are made more efficient thanks to digital solutions, beneficiating to the city businesses and inhabitants. The application of these digital solutions will make it easier for transport networks, water supply, garbage collection, public lighting and buildings heating.
The Smart Cities development is one of the European Commission initiatives.
Smart Cities in Europe: state of art
In Europe, the city most advanced in terms of Smart City is Copenhagen. Its companies’ clusters are connected through renewable energies and the city should reach a level 0 of carbon footprint in 2025. Another European city with an advanced stage is Stockholm, with its centralized heating system. In Helsinki, a smart traffic system enables the inhabitants to save one hour of their time per day.
For English-speaking cities, London and Dublin are the best ones. In Dublin, sensors have been developed to collect rain fall and river level data. In London, the street lighting is taking care with IoT technologies.
The objectives of Europe are to reach the climatic neutrality by 2050, thanks to the examples of the first 100 European Smart Cities, which should be completely developed in 2030. From Smart Dataprod, we will follow these developments closely!