What I have learned this semester so far is that:
Smart cities is a movement in where all the technology is being applied in our cities, the intention of this is to improve our lifestyle and life’s quality. However nowadays we are losing our privacy, data that must be personal is being used by people and organizations that we don’t know and this could probably affect us in a near future. Maybe because we are not as safe as we think.
The following citites have shown advancements as smart cities:
- Louisville, KY: After sensors were installed on asthma inhalers to alert patients of bad air quality and help them track their asthma attacks, emergency inhaler use dropped by 82 percent in one year.
- Beijing: Air pollution levels fell 20 percent after the city deployed sensors to monitor pollution sources and adjusted traffic flows and construction projects accordingly.
- Dallas, TX: A pilot project providing west-end businesses with pedestrian traffic data boosted foot traffic in the neighbourhood by 13 percent, increased revenue at area merchants by 12 percent and reduced local crime by six percent.
- Kansas City, MO: Public access to real-time data on parking availability, traffic patterns and streetcar locations (combined with the installation of intelligent streetlights, info kiosks and free Wi-Fi) saves the city an estimated $4 million per year in operational and energy costs.
Data is intended to be used as one of the main factors to develop something related with traffic, pollution, public transport, communication, surveillance, etc. On the other hand, as I have mentioned this data may be used inappropriately.
We have to start taking care of ourselves, specially every time we are doing something personal, because now there are cameras in every part of the city, so we have no privacy in simple terms.
Cities are ranked in two categories: Champs and Challengers. Champs have almost complete fibre coverage all around the city and have reached maturity in the smart projects that have been deployed. These cities generally have a fairly complete smart city framework in place across different areas as well as operational smart projects.
Challengers are cities that are actively deploying fibre infrastructure in order to realise their smart city strategy, but don’t yet have a full panel of smart services based on fibre. Instead, the focus is on specific domains.