Smart Cities Potential Benefits – Forbes Viewpoint

By | July 19, 2021

smart city RFPsWrite up by Forbes Technology Council from July 2021

16 members of Forbes Technology Council shared what they think are the potential upgrades from Smart Cities.

In Brief

  • Efficiency – more data means more improvements. Hopefully, the data will be better integrated.  Sometimes having three different systems will result in more data but by its isolation into silos it is non-actionable.  Here in modern Denver we have sensors and wireless but I cannot check on how much water I used yesterday via my 5G wireless digital meter. How much water was used would be a good starting point maybe.
  • Optimizing for Sustainability — Impressive phases but I think we talked about that in previous note on measuring water.
  • Infrastructure will benefit testing new technologies — smart cities should be able to have a faster response
  • Classrooms — The smarter cities of the near future will foster smarter education and more immersive, tech-connected K-12 classrooms. Students will be able to access richer edtech at school and home. More consistently tech-enabled schools could close the digital literacy and education gap for underprivileged students and help create better outcomes for students of all learning styles. – Shiv Sundar, Esper
  • More Context = More Understanding
  • Reduced CO2 Emissions —
  • Traffic Management — its tough getting money for new roads, especially digital ones.
  • Gridlock and Fewer Accidents — traffic signals that are smarter
  • Autonomous Vehicles will do well in the smart city ecosystem
  • Improved Security – facial recognition
  • More efficient services — first time I have heard smart technology assigned “unbiased” and “rational”. Shades of Capek Brothers?
  • Free WiFi for everybody
  • Minimize people in the City Services areas.
  • City Government can now be more “customer focused”
  • Transparent civic developments for more engagement
  • Smart Cities will encourage bikers