Try to picture the Earth as a snow globe. Now add 7.2 billion micro-people in it, and that is how many individuals live in the world today. Thirty-five years from now this number is expected to double. How will everyone survive if 14.4 billion people live around on planet Earth? What will everything look like? Is our time now the equivalent to what it was like in 1915, just 100 years later?
It’s a bit overwhelming to think about, but as we continue to grow as a whole, we have to get smarter in order to make it all work. We have to think of the future, which is why Smart Cities will be crucial to our living capabilities.
Think of the Smartphone and the Internet
If we travel back just 20 years ago, cell phones were the innovative technology at the time. However, the technology surrounding cell phones were in their early stages. In addition, our Internet Service Providers were slow, and sounded like they were drilling through brick walls to reach their destination.
Fast forward to today and the two are combined. We do not have to sit at home if we want to use the computer, we don’t have to use Yellow Pages to look up someone’s phone number, and we certainly don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to read the newspaper. All these benefits are available through smartphones, but it’s only the beginning.
What are Smart Cities
Like Smartphones, Smart Cities will be designed to help us manage the complexity of the world, lower our everyday costs, and become more efficient with our time, which will improve our lives as a whole. If you are struggling to wrap your head around this, let us provide you with a couple examples:
1. Improving Pollution Issues: The entire world is dealing with issues surrounding global warming. Can you imagine if 100,000 people in and around your city suddenly heard the city talk about the current pollution levels? Would this make you want to do your part to help the city? Forget the city and just think about the elderly and children that will not be able to make those decisions on their own. Even if 25% of everyone who listens actually takes action, the health of your environment will be better.
2. Helping You in Your Home: Let’s take a selfish approach and just consider your family at home. During this time you are using an excessive amount of light (there are probably two or three that can be turned off), as well as water in your home. All of the sudden a voice says; “Hello. Your current electricity levels are blah, blah, blah. This means you will increase your electricity bill by “X” amount of dollars.” Would you disregard this message and continue wasting money? Probably not.
Is This Possible?
You already know the answer. Now that we have a clear understanding of how the world works today, it’s no surprise that wireless networks and web applications will play a major role in Smart Cities becoming an everyday part of life.