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Augmented reality, mixed reality, IoT are technologies that are now part of our daily life and that, increasingly, are used in different areas and sectors, one of these is that of Smart City. Smart City is mostly a sustainable city from an energy-environmental standpoint, which is attentive to the quality of life of its citizens and which is distinguished by the level and type of services offered. But what makes a city a Smart City? Why do we want to transform our cities into Smart City?
Cities wishing to become "smart" - and more suited to this transformation - are medium-sized cities with a population of between 100,000 and 500,000 and with a catchment area of less than 1.5 million inhabitants.
At the base they have a clear and strong strategy aimed at achieving all the objectives for transforming a city into a Smart City.
More specifically, a Smart City aims to maximize the resources available
to eliminate waste and achieve sustainable growth and development; to encourage the full and active participation of citizens
, transforming them from a simple user to co-designers and co-producers of services; to facilitate the life of citizens
by offering them all the services and utilities "at the click of their smartphone", avoiding any possible waste of time.
There are many cities that have started or have already completed this transformation and many others are working to achieve this in the short term.
Let's see some examples.
In Italy there are two important examples: Bologna and Genoa.
Bologna is the smartest Italian city, with several active projects and others under evaluation
. One of the most interesting projects is the supply of innovative solutions for the production of electricity and heat (REGAL). The main project concerns the creation of a digital citizen agenda, with four objectives: technological innovation - thanks to the innovations made by local startups -; free internet access; active involvement of citizens in the management of public affairs; technological innovation with the startup phase of new companies and open data, in other words the free access to public administration data.
Genoa is the only one, among the European cities, to have won the first call of the European Union with three projects
: the first is a manual to transform cities into smart cities; the second wants to create an energy micro-grid for district heating and cooling; the third objective is the energetic improvement of the Dam of Begato.
The Ligurian city is also very active in the implementation of the Green Port
, thanks to the adoption of an operational tool - PEAP, Environmental Energy Plan of the Port of Genoa - which provides for the energy supply through wind micro-plants, the automation of port services and many other services.
Smart City in Europe and in the world
Here are some other examples that reach us from Europe:
• Viikki in Helsinki (Finland)
, is a completely eco-friendly neighborhood. A city reality that expresses the perfect integration between environment and social relations;
• In Paredes, in northern Portugal
, a city is being built to be fully managed by an urban operating system;
• Hammarby Sjostad, Stockholm
, has seen its territory evolve, from the industrial district to Smart City, through the redevelopment of land, sustainable construction, smart means of transport, renewable energy and waste recycling.
And what happens outside of Europe?
• Near Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Masdar City was born, a new city with zero environmental impact
, powered by renewable energy and desalinated sea water. Masdar City was built with natural materials, such as palm wood, respecting the environment, it is also equipped with an automated electric transport system without driver.
• Caofeidian is the Chinese ecocity located in the Gulf of Bohai
. Its completion is expected by 2030, and will be fully powered by alternative energy sources: 38% from the kinetic energy of the tides, 18% from wind energy, 10% from solar panels, and the rest from biomass.
How to start the process of transformation of cities?
The examples discussed till now make us understand how the transformation of cities into smart cities is already underway and the investments in this direction will be ever greater.
One thing is certain, in the face of such a revolution you cannot chose the role of spectator, so it is necessary to rely on the services that only specialized companies can offer.
ARM23's offer fits perfectly well in this context.
Thanks to its solid experience in creating innovative and cutting-edge platforms that use technologies such as augmented reality, image recognition, mixed reality and machine learning, ARM23 is able to innovate the city and its services.
If you want more information on how to turn your city into smart city, contact us
and we'll be happy to help you!
Attracted by the world of marketing since I was a child, I’ve grown up watching any kind of advertisement and trying out all the new products I could find on the supermarket shelves.
After I specialised in Marketing and Management, I worked for a short while in the automotive industry, which made me learn a great deal about that kind of market; my next adventure was at ARM23, as an intern: that led me to become Vice-CMO.
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