The way smartphones are getting smarter day by day; similarly, cities are evolving too. Real Estate Developers rely on technology to improve the living standard of residents. Now it is not possible to describe smart cities adequately as the definition is evolving with each passing day.
However, the need for smart cities is more than ever now. It is because the population in urban areas is increasing pretty quickly. According to a study, the population of urban areas will grow even more in the coming years. So, each country is taking fundamental steps to accommodate every citizen without any discrimination. The burden to transform cities is not on the government only.
Private real estate developers are taking the idea of smart cities more seriously. Even in Pakistan, Smart city projects are launched by the renowned developers Habib Rafiq Pvt Ltd and FDHL. After the success of the capital smart city in Islamabad, the idea for a smart city in Lahore was also presented. It got approved, and later the project was named Lahore Smart City.
After reading the above paragraphs, many questions can pop up in people’s minds, like Why cities need to be smart and so on. Down below are the details that will surely help.
What Made a Smart City?
Firstly, the infrastructure of smart cities should be splendid. It must be in a manner that people are able to live a better life. The human race has to ensure the smart solution not only benefits them but equally benefits the environment. With the help of digital technology, the data should be collected in order to know what the drawbacks in the city are? The same data can be used to improve the issues and design a better framework for the city.
A smartphone can be used to get quick information about everything related to the city, from traffic to health services and security alerts. Smartphones even notify an individual about timings that are the best to travel, tips to improve eating habits in order to improve health etc.
Why Cities Have to Become Smart
Without a doubt, cities have all the resources that are required to live a life with ease. But the resources are for a few. The way the population of the cities is increasing, it becomes difficult for the government to fulfil the demand of citizens. Unemployment is rising, healthcare and education sectors are failing miserably. Overall, things are getting messed up.
Few cities in the world are doing pretty well; as they understand early, how the world’s dynamics will change in the future. Those who are left behind are struggling to keep up, but the only way to succeed is by not giving up.
Now, making a city smart means utilizing technology to solve multiple issues, such as waste and traffic management, availability of parking space in the buildings, making sure tap water quality is excellent, temperature level is eco-friendly, etc.
Now there is no point in making cities smart if they are not livable. So, the aim of everyone should be one, use the technology as a tool to bring ease in people’s life by finding feasible solutions.
Smartphones, smart plugs, smart showers, taps, internet, IoT and similar network sensors are going to be an integral part of smart cities.
How to Develop a Smart City?
To build smart cities in the near future, the following are the key points developers should focus on.
Infrastructure should be smart
Smart infrastructure is going to be the base of smart cities. Proper ventilation, heating and lighting systems along with energy usage should be managed by technology. In smart buildings, water leakage and other issues must be detected instantly. Even individuals who live on the upper levels of a building have access to nature. As a result, buildings must have connected rooftop gardens and side vegetation. Such steps will help the environment, as the air quality gets better, lessen the carbon dioxide, and increase oxygen production.
Sustainable energy resources
Traditional ways to produce energy should be replaced, and solar panels must be installed in each building. Wind can also be used to produce energy throughout the day. Both solar and wind are ways to make energy without causing pollution. Also, the power can be collected from these resources all day long. Each home must have smart grids in order to keep track of energy consumption. Remember, to develop smart cities, a lot of energy is needed. So, sustained energy resources are required to fulfil the needs.
The above two factors are the base to develop the smart city. Once the world gets a grip on those, time is not far when each person will be able to enjoy similar facilities.