The Internet of Things has brought us into the third generation of cities, where governments, municipalities, and cities are only now beginning to skim the surface on how technology can play a role in their communities. The IoT, or Internet of Things is the concept of smart devices, buildings, electronics, and objects interconnected to interact with each other seamlessly within a technological infrastructure. This integration of physical components and computerized systems is resulting in new ways in which our households, businesses, and communities function. Improved accuracy, efficiency, and better economies are driving advancements into the era of the 3.0 City.
Leading the way in the emergence are cities like Singapore, Boston, Chicago, London, Paris, New York, and San Francisco, according to a study performed at the University of Navarra IESE Business School. The IESE Cities in Motion study evaluated the components that contribute to cities like those referred to as Mayor Johnson’s 3.0 city; governance, urban planning, public management, technology, environment, economy and other factors all played a part in determining the top performers. The results provided a rare look into how metropolises still had room to grow and advance.
Similarly, the U.S. Conference of Mayors teamed up with IHS Markit to initiate a study in the United States. The first study was conducted in 2016 with the goal of understanding the development and rise of smart cities in America. Fifty four cities in twenty eight states participated with results showing what cities and municipalities were doing to drive innovation, technology, and growth. Most astounding were cities that had less than one million community members. What the survey found was that, though large cities had implemented or were planning projects to utilize the benefits of technologies in their infrastructure, medium and small cities were driving change.
The USCM and IHS Markit Survey showed that not only were ‘smart’ projects developed to utilize technology and to analyze big data, but one of the main reasons cities were implementing smart projects was to increase the satisfaction of their citizens. The era of Mayor Johnson’s 3.0 cities can attest to this. Community satisfaction drives stability as well as economic growth. More growth attracts more investments and generates new business and industry.
Smart energy projects range from smart lighting along a city’s transportation infrastructure to reduce cost and promote sustainability, to city utility plans aimed at minimizing energy and resource consumption. Smart transportation projects like smart parking, smart ticketing, and service requests call upon the citizens to act with their local governments to promote change, address concerns, and unite for the common goal of making their city better.
3.0 cities are taking charge of change and embracing how their citizens engage online. Smart city projects and connected municipalities are driving technology advancements while improving the relationship between city leaders and their constituents. As more cities realize the capabilities and benefits, it is safe to say that Mayor Johnson’s vision of the new era of smart cities will build on the foundation of American cities once just a terminal for shipping and trading and straight into a magnificent organization of culture, growth, technology and innovation.
The 3.0 Cities will rise to meet the challenge of how big data can be incorporated and analyzed for city use to drive growth, inspire innovation, and revitalize communities. Infrastructure, in terms of both transportation and technology will blend to create more jobs and will converge into a plan that promotes sustainability for the future.