How IOTA makes its entry into the Smart Cities
The full article was originally published by Markus on Medium. Read the full article here.
Smart Cities, Horizon, +CityxChange and IOTA
In July, the press release for Project + CityxChange came out and much has been written about Smart Cities and IOTA at that time. A very good article entitled “Green light from the EU Commission for IOTA and the European Smart City Consortium + CityxChange” was published by Wilfried Pimenta of the IOTA Foundation
The United Nations (UN) estimates that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in cities. This creates an unprecedented pressure on cities around the world to optimise the standard of living for citizens, organisations and institutions.
A city of the future, an intelligent city, uses intelligent and connected technologies to support us in our daily lives. They allow us to save time, use new forms of mobility and breathe cleaner air. In short, Smart City technologies are working to improve the overall quality of life for their residents. Less congestion, smart homes and energy efficient use of buildings are just a few of the benefits. All this is also necessary to take the people in the poorer outskirts of the city and to inspire them for the Smart City project. Because it only succeeds if the inhabitants take advantage of it.
Cities such as Dubai, Singapore, Yinchuan and Copenhagen are experimenting with new technology and digital services to target specific problems that affect their citizens. Copenhagen, for example, has set the target of becoming the first carbon neutral capital by 2025. The city reduced CO2 emissions by 38% between 2005 and 2015.
Air quality, energy efficiency, urban mobility and safety — these are four of the most challenging challenges resulting from urbanization. Air pollution is one of the biggest problems in many cities, especially in emerging markets. It is important to reinvent the cities instead of just changing individual symptoms. The IT and Big Data is only one resource among others and not the sole engine of Smart Citys.