Smart cities are at the center of a paradigm shift in urban mobility, which changes from a single mode of transport to multimodal options, aided by technological developments and improvements in infrastructure. Smart cities are ideal for adopting this new multimodal approach to urban transport.
A new venture, called Sidewalk Toronto, will oversee the development of 800 acres of the city into a new district, a digital utopia that will test and showcase a large variety of smart city technologies.
Among their many benefits, Smart Cities can be especially helpful for dealing with major emergencies, such as natural disasters, due to the advantages offered by the interconnectedness of utilities and services via the Internet of Things.
The ongoing development of autonomous cars is intertwined with the development of smart cities. In fact, advances in smart cities are the most important factor that shapes the way in which autonomous cars are designed, manufactured and used.
The Internet of Things is critical for creating a digital business. “Leading the IoT – Gartner Insights on How to Lead in a Connected World” e-book, edited by Mark Hung, Gartner Research Vice President, provides a roadmap for effectively implementing IoT in your organization by addressing its four top challenges.
Open Data Nation (ODN) along with Microsoft, conducted ground-setting, comprehensive research to support Vision Zero municipalities and save lives. Specifically, they aimed to reveal common challenges, identify best practices, and expose opportunities to use data to inform decision making and prepare for autonomous vehicles. From this research, ODN defined a novel typology, the “Smart City Evolution,” which characterizes municipalities into four stages — initiative, descriptive, active, and adaptive — as they transform from developing Vision Zero action plans to a position of data and technological sophistication.
Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia, and the country’s fifth most populous city, is participating in the newly launched Australian Smart Cities Consortium, and already implementing solutions in the fields of transport, healthcare and liveability.