Technological, attentive to environmental sustainability and to the quality of life of its inhabitants: smart cities are the “cities of the future” that are starting to take shape in our present.
In Italy, Milan was awarded this title because it managed to use technological innovations to improve the lifestyle of its residents and the annual report of the FPA (Digital 360 Group) was placed at the top of the 2019 rankings, assessing the most sustainable centers capable of introducing innovation.
How do cities become smart cities?
The secret is knowing how to manage environmental, economic, housing policies, transport, administrative and human relations management in an innovative way, offering quality services such as wifi connection in public places, intelligent infrastructures with pedestrian cycle lanes and sustainable mobility services such as the bike and car sharing also of hybrid and electric vehicles as well as public lighting with low environmental impact and buildings capable of capturing smog with special paints.
Technologies, if well used, help reduce environmental pollution by also generating alternative energy sources.
In addition, every “smart” activity is monitored and interconnected with the others, thus providing the Municipality with the possibility of being able to study the functioning of all the services to make them even more efficient.
If our cities are adapting to these digital changes, other new and futuristic metropolises are being born: Saudi Arabia, in fact, is planning and building Neom, from the Greek alphabet “new” and M as Mostaqbal or “future”, the largest smart city in the world. It will be built on the coasts of the Red Sea, in the province of Tabuk, on the border between Jordan and Egypt with an investment of 500 billion dollars not only to create a climate suitable for human life, since the area is mainly desert, but also for the creation of numerous smart services that will be provided by special robots.
In a note released by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Rome, the CEO of Neom, Nadhmi Al-Nasr commented: “Neom Bay’s development strategy is based on four pillars with sustainability at the center of the project. The first pillar is that which provides an ideal quality of life for families, the second aims to create a high-level tourist destination in terms of lifestyle and luxury, the third and fourth pillars will support both innovation and creativity centers for achieve the economic objectives of Neom “.