Smart Cities

Smart City is a place where the traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies, for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses. With this vision in mind, it is requesting ICT research and innovation and novel policies to improve the quality of life of citizens and make cities more sustainable in view of Europe's 20-20-20 targets (Digital Agenda for Europe 2020).

 

To build the next generation of cities there is the need for a scientific understanding of cities that considers the built environments and the people who inhabit them. In Smart Cities, digital technologies translate into better public services for citizens, better use of resources and less impact on the environment. Advances in data analysis, sensor technologies, and urban experiments, together with data-driven approach to urban design and planning are necessary.

 

Nevertheless, the Smart City concept goes beyond the use of ICT for better resource use and less emissions. It means smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities, and more efficient ways to light and heat buildings. And it also encompasses a more interactive and responsive city administration, safer public spaces and meeting the needs of an ageing population.