Smart City

Different models of cities around the world: Smart cities

Singapore, the smart city that never ceases to amaze Singapore is a pioneer in smart city innovation and sustainability projects. In fact, the city-state has always topped the smart cities index for years. The astonishing Southeast Asian city is following Singapore’s so-called Green 2030 Plan, which marks 60,000 electric vehicle charging points on its schedule by 2025 and a goal of ensuring that 80 percent of its buildings are green by 2030. This means that to create more sustainability and enhance the well-being and safety of its citizens, Singapore’s homes and commercial buildings will become increasingly electric and digital, and even more software-driven and sensor-connected. An example of this is the ecological city of Tengah, which will have a car-free urban center and will use autonomous vehicles in other parts of the city. Its streets will have at their disposal emerging technologies, such as smart lights in public areas that turn off when they detect that the space is unoccupied. The city’s five residential areas, with 42,000 homes, will be equipped with solar-cooled water pipe systems instead of regular air conditioning systems, generating CO2 reductions equivalent to taking 4,500 vehicles off the road annually. The homes will also have automated garbage collection through a pneumatic system. This system extracts the garbage and transports it to a central chamber where a garbage truck will collect it when the sensors indicate that it is full. Tengah will also feature various public gardens and other green spaces. They are looking for a city in which the pedestrian and the bicycle are the kings.

Cancun develops the Smart Forest City

The city of Cancun in Mexico is going to develop the so-called Smart Forest City, which will be focused on environmental quality and technological innovation, in order to guarantee the self-sufficiency of the city through the circular economy. Smart Forest City will be a botanical garden within a modern city. An advanced research center that will be able to house all university departments, international organizations and companies that deal with the main problems of sustainability and the future of the planet. The area will have 557 hectares and is expected to host up to 130,000 people. Of all that land, 65 percent will be dedicated to green areas such as garden roofs, large parks and facades of green buildings. The city will have 7.5 million trees and plants, capable of absorbing 116,000 tons of CO2, and will be self-sufficient in food and energy. The settlement will have photovoltaic panels for electricity production, the proposed transportation system will be semi-automatic and fully electric, and each inhabitant will have services within walking distance by bicycle or even on foot. Seawater will flow through an underground system and feed into a desalination basin. From there, it will be used to meet the irrigation needs of the city and the surrounding farmland. The path that will lead to dematerialized and detoxified goods and services can be summarized in the four R’s: reduce, repair, reuse and recycle. Smart Forest City will address these development needs, enabling and fostering education and economic empowerment, especially for women, by developing radically more eco-efficient solutions, lifestyles and forms of behavior that begin with reducing overall demand. of energy and a decrease in waste production.

Smart Kalasatama, the pride of Finland

There are more than 200 institutional participants in Smart Kalasatama, which is already a pioneer in the Helsinki climate goals and is seen as a model for the development of smart cities, which will also promote sustainable urban solutions for its 25,000 future inhabitants. The internationally award-winning project is expected to be completed in 2035 and aims to ensure its residents an additional hour of free time per day through smart resource management and a focus on smart energy, mobility and everyday living solutions. It is a central and old port area that will have one million square meters for homes and about 400,000 square meters for offices. It will serve to create ten thousand jobs, a school, a vacuum waste collection system, a health and wellness center, a co-creation space and a power station. The entire neighborhood of Smart Kalasatama will function as an innovation hub, a living test bed where, through experimentation and co-creation, new smart and sustainable technologies, solutions and services will be put to the test in real-life environments. The Kalasatama district, which is currently home to 3,000 residents, already enjoys an active collaborative economy in which people use digital applications to share cars and parking spaces. The new buildings will be accessible through smart locks to allow people to use different spaces for various activities. Many of the early residential buildings are already connected to the smart grid. In addition to real-time smart metering, the smart grid will also enable new electricity storage solutions and power the electric vehicle network. As a city, Helsinki has made a strategic decision to embrace the culture of experimentation to accelerate urban innovation. The intention with Kalasatama is to be able to manage resources so efficiently that residents gain an hour of time for themselves on a daily basis.

Xiong’an, the sustainable cleaning of the world’s factory

It is no secret that China is by far the most polluting country in the world. For this reason, the government of the red giant has taken action on the matter to reverse the situation in certain aspects. These include prioritizing emission-free energy, environmental protection, green development, exploring new models of economic growth, and creating shorter material supply chains. An example of this change is the so-called New Area in the Xiong’an region, where large amounts of coal are still used. It is an important testing ground for innovative models of urban development and growth, where ecological concerns are combined with the development of the latest technology. The purpose of this ambitious Xiong’an plan is to achieve a world-class city, intelligent and respectful with the environment, integrating artificial intelligence, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), big data and intelligent infrastructures. with smart lighting, sensors and facial recognition technology. In addition, a sensitive part of the electricity, water and transport infrastructure will be built underground to optimize space management. Plans for the Xiong’an New Area include wind, solar, nuclear and geothermal electricity, recycling-based sanitation systems, low-income housing and sustainable transportation methods. Also noteworthy is the impressive massive afforestation plan that aims to significantly expand forest cover, for which a blockchain-based platform has been developed that incorporates big data analysis for the identification of each and every one of the trees. In terms of traffic management, Alibaba has introduced its own platform, while China Mobile has been testing its 5G remote control driving technology.]]>