Solving Urban Infrastructure Problems Using Smart City Technologies
The combined forces of urbanization and technology are disrupting existing cities and placing new demands on municipal governments. Local leaders are striving to sustain effective and economical basic services (water, energy and transportation, and connectivity). In the hope that economic growth and opportunities for prosperity will continue, many cities are embracing smart city technology and planning methods. Smart cities are emerging as the next-generation approach for city management and urban planning as well as integrating intelligent transportation systems, connected vehicle technologies, automated vehicles, and electric vehicles and the soon to be flying cars and trucks. The smart-city concept also includes the interconnection of transportation and non transportation services to improve city services and the quality of life for citizens.
The expectations of smart city technology include improved transportation safety as well as enhanced mobility for all citizens along with expanded ladders of opportunity through connectivity to employment, education, and other services. Smart city technology will also help address climate change through the deployment of technologies and adoption of policies that support a sustainable and cost-effective relationship between urban needs and the environment such as the development of interconnected multimodal transportation centers that serve as hubs for mobility, economic development, and community activity.
Green technology is an integral part of smart city management including the use of renewable energy sources, practicing energy efficient operations, the management of municipal solid waste, recycling or reuse of consumables, and implementation of urban agriculture and sustainable forestry practices that can produce fresh food closer to the point of consumption.
Solving Urban Infrastructure Problems Using Smart City Technologies handbook is an essential tool for all of the stakeholders in a smart-city environment. It provides insights as well as actionable knowledge for the numerous elements and aspects of creating, maintaining, governing, and living in a smart city
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