MCS conceives Smart City as an identity, a unique and defined strategy with a holistic approach to coordinate different aspects that define urban life: transportation, economy, environment, politics, administration, urban planning...
One of the traditional definitions of a Smart City is usually applied to towns using the new information and communication technologies in order to create new infrastructures that ensure the sustainable development of the city, citizens’ life quality and the efficiency of the available resources.
However, this definition is outdated and needs to be extended. The new global context, with the rise of IoT and the development of the cities in other parts of the world (like India or China), is a real challenge that nobody knows how to face.
Smart Cities no longer are just about using technological advances. MCS conceives Smart City as an identity, a unique and defined strategy with a holistic approach to coordinate different aspects that define urban life: transportation, economy, environment, politics, administration, urban planning... Besides, the city, one of the main economic engines in the world, but also one of the largest energy consumers, should be able to do more with less, and if possible, without pollution.
Beyond Smart Cities
So we are not just talking about Smart Cities. We are also talking about Smart Grids, Smart Buildings, Smart Sensors, Smart transports, Big Data, transparency, and, yes, Smart Citizens, the key for city development .
Citizens and public administration must change the way they conceive urban life. As we said, we have to do more with less. And it's not just a new ‘lifestyle’. Citizens must demand total data transparency, now that Big Data allows sharing a lot of information effortlessly. And this data should not just be accessible, it should be translated into new business opportunities in transportation, congestion, trade, taxes ... It will give numerous opportunities to entrepreneurs and investors to develop services through apps. Scandinavian and North American cities, like Oslo, San Francisco or Vancouver, have understood this concept and have become an inexhaustible source of business because of this “transparency mentality”.
New technologies, new mentalities
Also, in the future, disruptions are not going to come from new and original technological inventions, but from new uses, functions and points of view on things that are already done. This can be seen in buildings and architecture. Why not reuse factories, museums, homes and other buildings?
Flexibility is required. City Sciences tries to understand both city performance and opportunities, to use either technology or simple knowledge to improve the urban tissue.
Examples? There are many: collaborative economy, electric vehicles, data sharing, building systems for energy efficiency, Internet access, intelligent lighting that limits light pollution, free software and open data, urban gardens, integration of nature in the city... Possibilities are endless, and in the future companies will find hundreds of new business opportunities
. But for that, they will need trained professionals with a holistic view of the city. Are you already one of them?