Long has civilization imagined and reimagined the city of the future.
In 1900, French artist Jean Marc Cote produced a series of fascinating illustrations envisioning “France in the Year 2000,” a time, in his view, when machines would make daily tasks like cleaning, sewing and farming easier on the masses.
At the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, American carmaker General Motors presented “Futurama,” a sleek model of a modern highway system that connected cities, towns and rural areas with expressways.
And in the 1950s, we become obsessed with outer space and the possibilities of building whole new cities in other planets of the galaxy.
Always, in these imaginings, technology played a central role. The city of tomorrow, regardless of when we envision that tomorrow to be, is driven by technology – robots, machines, connected devices, futuristic modes of transportation.
Finally, it seems, today’s technology capabilities have fully caught up with the vision. Cities around the world are truly becoming Cities of the Future – only now we call them by a different name: “Smart Cities.”
Just take a look at some recent projects in the news:
In Daegu, South Korea, companies are testing an IoT network – a low-power, long-range and low-bandwidth network – that’s ideal for communications between sensors on things like streetlights, water and electric meters, parking spaces and devices.
Chandigarh, India is launching a revitalization of 250 city acres that includes a network monitoring water and electric supply, sensors for traffic management, smart parking lots and a mobile app to encourage citizen engagement.
Huawei, Dubai is introducing a Smart Bus Solution that includes video surveillance, passenger tracking, emergency communications, real-time vehicle analysis and in-bus entertainment – definitely the kind of invention Jean Marc Cote would have enjoyed seeing come to life.
And in Vienna, Austria, the city government is focused on aligning business with IT, enabling citizen-centric processes, improving collaboration between organizations and integrating the offline world (i.e., parking lots) with the digital world (i.e. mobile apps),
It’s an exciting time to be working in urban development and the public sector, to be putting today’s technology to use to make tomorrow even better.
At CSC, we believe the public sector runs best with the right technology and a client-focused partner that can make that happen. We have a long corporate history of modernizing and protecting government infrastructure, delivering better services to citizens and helping governments make the most of their resources with an eye to the future.
We fully embrace the Smart City movement and believe in the ability of technology to integrate information, empower citizens, improve quality of life and educate future generations. And that’s why, in a series of post to come, we’ll be bringing some of those ideas to life and introducing you to our thought leaders in this area.
We encourage you to provide feedback in the comments section or interact with us on social media. We’d love to hear your thoughts about the Smart City of today – and your vision for tomorrow – and how we can be part of making that a reality.
Image Source: The Public Domain Review
Venke Bordal is Head of Public Sector Sweden for CSC. Connect with her on LinkedIn.