The smart city is an urban planning concept of integration of multiple information and communication technologies (ICT), including Internet of Things (IoT) systems for urban infrastructure management: transport, education, healthcare, housing and utility systems, security, etc.
Smart City can be compared with a living organism, which works smoothly and for the benefit of the public. Smart City digital technology helps improve the lives of citizens at all levels – no more wasting time in traffic jams, long search for a parking space in a Pm tech, worrying about their safety, etc. In short, thanks to Smart technologies life becomes more comfortable and easier.
The main advantages of smart cities
The process of urbanization cannot be stopped, so it is necessary to provide comfort and safety. What are the advantages of smart city management and why does humanity need smart technologies?
- Optimization of the transportation system;
- No delays, no traffic jams, minimization of accidents on the road, saving fuel consumption or complete environmental friendliness of transport (electric cars);
- Energy efficiency and conservation of resources used
- Simplification of many processes
- Online payment of utility bills, collection of information from meters without human intervention, a quick search for a parking space, etc.
- Increased security
- The system will recognize a trespasser by sight
- Citizen participation in city life and decision-making with local authorities
- Increasing comfort and quality of life
- “Smart” houses, unmanned cars, control of many processes in the house, office with the touch of a button on a smartphone.
Digital technologies of the smart city
Digital technologies help the city to optimize all the processes so that people could live, work and rest comfortably. In addition, they have a positive impact on the development of the country’s economy, industry. Digitalization affects business, helping to spend less and earn more.
With the help of smart technology, urgent problems are solved not only faster but also more efficiently. For example, in Barcelona, sensors tell which garbage can is full, and garbage trucks optimize their work by visiting only those areas where they are needed. The use of digital smart systems helps solve problems in megacities more efficiently while saving resources. However, the implementation of smart technologies requires time and money.
The IT infrastructure of a smart city is an extremely complex system that consists of a large number of subsystems, connected computers, controllers, sensors, and devices. They all collect large amounts of data, which not only need to be processed, analyzed, transmitted, but also stored. To make digital smart city technologies start working, you need to create an expensive infrastructure and outline the tasks and in what order they need to be solved.
Playable smart cities
It is a popular opinion that games are children’s entertainment, which for the most part does not bring any benefit. But this is not true at all. A game is a way to immerse yourself in a new, fascinating and exciting world.
However, many developers have long been committed to the creation of so-called games for adults. One of the brightest examples of this trend is playable cities.
Playable cities are a unique opportunity to turn a familiar place of life into a playground. It helps residents take part in the creation of their own city. Thanks to this game, people come together and work together to improve a familiar place of residence. Mixed or augmented reality technology makes it possible to observe what is happening in the city from your phone or computer.
In addition, smart and playable cities allow artists and designers to come together, creating a unique creative platform.