The Dream Of Building Smart Cities

The way to progress is through tech advancements. That’s what we have basically learned over the years. We see it from first-class cities like Singapore that is a class of its own. Life is fast-paced because technology ensures everything is done on time without a glitch. Building smart cities also involve a lot of money and the use of various technologies. It is easier for smaller nations to do this but it can be quite burdensome for those bigger ones that are lacking in funds and the willpower to initiate such a major change.

For most cities in the world today, can you likewise build and maintain a smart city? And when I say smart city, it is realizing a vision of an urban development that has integrated the technology of the Internet of Things (IoT) and communications in running the affairs of the place. Well, given the technology that we have right now and knowing that others were able to do it means that it is highly possible. The only problem arises from the leaders and how they manage their resources in order for them to execute such a grand plan.

In the panel “Emerging Smart Cities & Opportunities for the Region,” four participants discussed how some cities, including Columbus, have become early participants in forms of technology that can speed up traffic, increase security with cameras, make it easier to detect flaws in water lines, and enable people to find parking places faster.

A big part of smart cities will be self-driving cars, which also presents an economic opportunity to communities that already have an existing auto industry, said U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green). The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a bill regulating autonomous cars, which Mr. Latta portrayed as a benefit to reduce car accident injuries and fatalities and to give new freedom to the home-bound. Mr. Latta chairs the subcommittee that produced the legislation.


While it is definitely not easy creating a city that is smart, it is doable and government leaders can learn how it is done. From simple traffic improvements like the use of security cameras, waterline system management, parking regulation, and many others, these are just some of the things that must be addressed and automated if you want a city that you can be proud of.

Integration is everything. There are downsides to building a city piecemeal; it can prevent integration and compatibility of various components and sectors within that city down the road, potentially hindering rather than improving efficiency. We’re seeing the importance of integration on a personal scale — for example, we’re just seeing how your refrigerator can tell your car that you’re out of milk, so you know to head to the grocery store after work. Or how you can listen to the same song uninterrupted from your car speakers and your home speakers. This same degree of seamless integration needs to apply to everything from public transit to roads shared by cars and cyclists to office buildings and public spaces to achieve the full advantages of a smart city. And thoughtful, intentional design is the only way to orchestrate that web of various components.


More and more people now prefer to live in highly urban areas than in rural parts of town for a variety of reasons. It seems like fun to live in a place that has almost everything you will ever need. You’ll never run out of things to do. And what’s even better, there are more opportunities for education, work and livelihood that you are sure to never run out of work if you’re just gutsy or skilled enough. Building these smart cities require careful planning that takes time, from planning and conceptualization to the actual construction. The important thing here is that everything can sustain for the long-term development of the city while at the same time supporting the people’s needs.

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