Many of us wonder if we need smart cities and who would “benefit” from such a system.
But what is a “smart city”?
It is a city that incorporates information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve the quality and performance of urban services, such as energy, transport and utilities, to reduce resource consumption, waste and global costs. The main purpose of a smart city is to enhance the quality of life for its citizens through smart technologies.
Implementing systems for an intelligent city requires special attention to areas such as urban infrastructure (transport, energy, utilities, environmental protection or citizens’ safety) and governance (citizen administration services, participation, quality of life and other e-government-specific tools).
For example, did you ever want to know the closest parking spot immediately and accurately in order to save your time, CO2 emissions in the city and to promote traffic flow?
The rate of migration from rural areas to urban areas is steadily rising and by 2050 about 70% of the population will live in cities globally.
Massive movement in cities creates many opportunities for inhabitants, but also aggravates urban management issues: pollution, poverty, security, quality of life, etc.
The advantages of a city with smart systems are many, first of all creating better infrastructure, providing access to electronic services, providing public data, promoting city development, and offering its residents opportunities to find a job easier.
Many cities, globally, have successfully implemented and continue to implement intelligent systems. The closest example for us would be the city of Cluj-Napoca that has begun to implement more intelligent systems and actively promotes the idea of an interactive city.
We hope that in the near future, local authorities will want to implement intelligent solutions for the inhabitants of Chisinau in order to enjoy the benefits of a city that grows and develops with its inhabitants.