The challenge of managing sustainable urban growth is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century.
City leaders, mayors and other politicians are already wrestling with this challenge and are looking to make changes that will position their cities for growth, as attractive centers for investment and innovation and as fulfilling places to live.
These set of challenges represent a significant opportunity for investments in “smart”.
Smart cities employ innovative digital services layers, that use sensing & control, analytics and ubiquitous communications, to optimize scarce resources. Empowered to make better decisions about how to travel or transport goods more efficiently and to understand the real time cost of using electrical appliances, the city’s citizens and businesses will make better use of these resources. As a result, cities will allocate resources more efficiently; in parallel saving costs and transitioning to a low carbon economy.
A Smart City is a city well performing in 6 characteristics, built on the smart combination of endowments and activities of self-decisive, independent and aware citizens.
The UN estimates that at some point between 2008 and 2009 the world’s urban and rural populations became equal in size for the first time in human history. Urbanization is set to continue as the rural population seek the wealth and social opportunity that cities offer.
“Many of the solutions and services developed by SmartID support the technological architecture of a Smart City”