The new trend of urban city architecture is in the direction of the realization of a Smart City. This term indicates the possibility of integrating IOT technology and the smart grids energy management systems. This is the basic idea at the base of the IEEE Smart Cities initiative, that focuses on the integration of data shared with the cloud of smart systems placed in the buildings of an urban area, constituting the infrastructures to realize a smart management of energy, of medical e-health devices, and of domotic systems for the automatic management of the smart houses (see Figure 1).
(Source: IEEE Smart Cities)
One of the cities in the world that is strongly betting on the smart cities initiative is Guadalajara, Mexico, which started the building process of a very interesting network of universities connected with important companies in a challenging project, known as Mexico’s Silicon Valley.
Guadalajara dedicated a wide urban area to the smart city initiative, by adding communication infrastructure and facilities containing many interesting services for citizens of this modern smart city: The project is known as the Ciudad Creative Digital (CCD) project (see Figure 2).
The possibility, for example, of collecting the energy from renewable sources and managing it via a smart grid system is a step in the direction of a modern city, which offers to its habitants many interactive services, by means of a cloud of connected smart electronic devices belonging to the Internet of Things:
According to Intelligent Utility:
- It’s all part of a proactive, comprehensive strategy embraced by the city’s leaders to seize the opportunities presented by Guadalajara’s differentiating characteristics and the brand-new possibilities created by revolutionary technology innovations in areas such as the “Internet of Things” (IoT), the smart grid, e-health and augmented reality. In this light, Guadalajara is a global leader in its forward lean into its smart-city future.
An example of the potential of this approach is the e-health solution realized by means of smart electronics objects, like tablets, shown in Figure 3:
The possibility of sending images of medical reports of a patient to a center that is able to analyze the data and that is able to take care of the patient remotely, based on the reports, is a practical example of the possibilities of electronics to realize an e-health system that can be integrated into the smart city structure.
Do you like such smart cities projects? Do you think that a city with the integration of electronics systems able to communicate effectively will make the lives of its citizens easier? What services should have the higher priority inside a smart city environment — for example: medical remote assistance, safety cameras control, smart traffic management… ?