Rise of the Smartivist: A New Paradigm for the Smart City?
The concept of smart cities has evolved over the past seven years, moving from a technology-centric vision to a more human-centric approach. The latest stage of this evolution is being referred to as “Smart City 3.0,” where the emphasis is on collaboration and participation with citizens to create solutions that improve quality of life and generate prosperity. The key to success in this new paradigm is collective intelligence and a user-centric approach that takes into account the needs of all stakeholders.
Concept of Smart Cities:
The concept of smart cities has been evolving rapidly over the past seven years, and the way cities approach urban transformation has changed dramatically. Initially driven by technology providers, governments have now realized that technology is just an enabler for achieving their goals and that top-down approaches or a “master planned” vision are not the key to success.
There have been three generations of smart cities so far:
Smart Cities 1.0: a technology-driven vision led by major technology companies to create efficient and innovative cities.
Smart Cities 2.0: a government-led vision that utilizes technology as an enabler to improve quality of life.
Smart Cities 3.0: a citizen- or human-centric vision of smart cities that is based on co-creation with citizens to improve quality of life and generate prosperity.
According to Boyd Cohen’s framework of evolutionary smart city stages, cities around the world are following different strategic approaches based on their development and knowledge status. Some cities begin with a technology-centric approach, while others start with government-led initiatives that embrace technology. However, neither of these approaches is sufficient for creating a better, more livable, and sustainable place for all stakeholders.
The key to creating a smart city 3.0 is to facilitate participation and collaboration across all stakeholders. It’s important to know why smart city solutions are needed, how they can be implemented, what benefits they offer, and whether any risks or objections exist. This requires a bottom-up, co-creation approach that takes into account the needs and problems of citizens, businesses, commuters, entrepreneurs, academia, and non-profit organizations.
The definition of a “smart city” has evolved to include not just technology but also a user-centric approach that takes into account the needs of all actors. The acceptance and use of smart city solutions require a participative, open, transparent, and inclusive mindset. Collective intelligence is the key to success, representing a new paradigm in the development of smarter cities.
In conclusion, the journey towards becoming a smart city is not primarily driven by a technology partnership or a government-led master plan. It’s the result of intelligent initiatives and solutions that are created and adopted through collective intelligence, enabling an efficient transformation of the community. The new paradigm of smart cities requires the rise of “smartivists” who understand the importance of participation and collaboration in creating a better place for all.
Andreakc2023-02-11T12:46:24-08:00January 14th, 2023|Comments Off on Rise of the Smartivist: A New Paradigm for the Smart City
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Rise of the Smartivist: A New Paradigm for the Smart CityAndreakc2023-02-11T12:46:24-08:00
Problem: Manual paper based systems, lack of system processes & procedures, manual tasks, poor time management, loss of revenue, Budgets overspend.
Municipalities have the power to levy and collect local taxes and have their own police forces. The municipality issue ordinances and run certain public health services, and are responsible for such services as public transport, refuse collection, street lighting, building and maintenance.
Our Technology Team was mandated to implement Smart Technology to help lower costs and increase efficiencies.
Contracted by Teseo Spa, supplier of services to the municipality, we received the task of aggregating, connecting and centralizing all data points, systems and sub systems ( sensors, cameras, parking, ticket counter, payments, plate reading, accesses, intrusions, fee collection) related to smart municipal parking.
We aggregated all hardware and database generating data so to offer one single access point inclusive of all layers related to services and systems with full remote control.
The control officers know in real time how many stalls are free,occupied or in violation. In the first six months since installation, the centralized parking system collected more than the 175% of its usual budget with great satisfaction of daily commuters.
With the aim of maximizing resources reducing losses and personnel dedicated to intensive paper work and financial transactions, we offered our technology as a all-in solution dedicated to enterprise accounting and works management allowing to keep track of financial transactions and the data those transactions generate granting relief from the day-to-day back office tasks.
Our created collaborative platform enables collaboration to take place everywhere in the organization, giving structure to workflow and fostering internal communications enabling city hall employees to be on the same page whenever a new task is open, thus resulting into greater efficiency for their execution without papers being lost or data being out of sync.
Thanks to our optimized efficiency and co-operative platform, the municipality was able to reduce expenses, in mostly extra working hours, reduced the number of purchases in stationery by 45% and increased overall efficiency from 34% to a 78% in response to public requirements.
The municipality required advanced digital solutions to integrate video surveillance, parking and traffic control.
Our platform can easily integrate any piece of technology connecting all sort of database and payment circuits reading plate numbers at the same time using advanced imaging features.
Video surveillance, parking and traffic control were employing an excessive number of officers and personnel, often slow in responding and not overly engaged, leaving many tasks outstanding, resulting in unpaid tickets, illegally occupied lots.
With our system all reports are instantly displayed. Plate numbers are scanned as they cross the portal and fees are electronically transmitted. In the first year alone, the municipality was able to recover additionally over 3.5 million Euros.