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Smart Citizens for smart cities

Smart Citizens for smart cities

Monday, January 22, 2018


Source: Smart Cities, Smart mobility, by Luckas Nekermann with Tim Smedley  - p.61 – 63 2017


Imagine, then, that data is not just being gathered by the cities – but by every citizen, who becomes a node in the urban data network. The global Smart Citizen project sees its members monitor air pollution, noise and light data in their neighborhoods in a way that can directly contribute to their city’s data set, which ultimately benefits each city ‘user’ – in the same way that individual data sent to Google Maps or Waze creates a benefit to each other user as well.


In Jakarta, Twitter is being used by residents to organize shared car journeys, as well as create a real-time map of flooding by crowdsourcing tweets. In Paris and Reykjavik, citizens are using online platforms to propose, discuss and vote on ideas for improving the city, like the vertical garden project in Paris that received over twenty thousand votes and will now receive €2 million in funding. Lazard informs us: “In Bangalore, India, residents will soon be able to use smartphones and SMS to map abandoned urban spaces, which they identified as one of their primary concerns. In Beijing and other Chinese cities, residents are starting to use low-cost sensors such as the PiMi Airbox to measure and map air pollution in their city.”


*The author, Lukas Neckermann is a thought-leader with whom the Corporate Vehicle Observatory shares the same interest in the evolution of cities and mobility by focusing on the specific interconnection between smart mobility and smart cities, and how this leads to a different, new, smart way of living, commuting, and working.

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