THE RISE OF SMART CITIES
What are they and why do we need them?
The term “Smart City” is heard more and more, and the competition between the great cities and capitals of the world to obtain this qualification is increasing. But, what exactly is a Smart City and why were they born? What should a city implement to enhance its “smart” quality?
Currently, more than 55% of the world population lives in urban centers, specifically, in Spain, this number exceeds 80%. This urban population is the one that consumes two thirds of the planet’s energy and is the one that produces 70% of the greenhouse gas emissions.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimates that these numbers will rise until, in the year 2050, reaching a world population of 9,000 million inhabitants, of which 70% will live in urban centers. The organization also calculates that the waste generation of these inhabitants will additionally increase another 70%.
These predictions entail a series of problems related to energy supply and efficiency, CO2 emissions, or the provision of goods and raw materials, among others.
All this has led to the birth and rise of Smart Cities around the world, whose objective is to guarantee:
- Sustainable urban development
- Optimizing the efficient use of available resources
- Increasing the quality of life of the population
- Active participation of citizens
In order to achieve these goals, cities must apply information and communication technologies (ICT) to the efficient management and provision of services. Thus, a metropolis becomes a Smart City by using this technology to promote sustainable urban development in various areas such as: environment, mobility, governance, economy, people and housing.
The technological base that makes this possible requires several essential elements, among which we highlight:
- The Internet of Things (IoT) supported by the use of sensors and mobile devices
- Social data collection technologies
- Infrastructures and services in the cloud
- Big data and advanced analytics
At Kiploc we promote the development of Smart Cities, since our locks provide buildings with smart technology that contributes to connectivity and urban planning optimization. In addition, our Smart Locks increase the quality of life of citizens by offering quick access methods without keys, and providing an added security by monitoring their doors.
Likewise, at Kiploc we aim to develop new components of our ecosystem that allow us to improve other parameters of the house management.
If you want to know more about our Smart Locks and their support for cities sustainability, contact us!