Dec 30th, 2019 - 2 min read

Building Cities Made of Dreams

Building Cities Made of Dreams

How to become the orchestrator of a rich ecosystem leveraging emerging technologies?

With global warming, the growing number of people living in cities, the ever-increasing connectivity and mobility, cities are undergoing a lot of external pressing issues. They have a major role to play in urban transformation and need to develop new governance models in order to thrive.

Yet, the emergence of IoT, Artificial Intelligence, drones, self-driving cars and new forms of micromobility, is opening new roads for cities to build a more agile and innovative future. The smart city opportunity has now become a reality

Data leading urban transformation

Experts are unanimous: the smart cities of tomorrow will heavily rely on data. In order to build these smart cities effectively data must be easily accessible and flow freely, while respecting regulatory frameworks and offering guarantees for individuals data privacy. Furthermore, data circulation within the ecosystem needs to be orchestrated and managed in the right way. Smart cities have this unique opportunity to become the orchestrator of their rich ecosystem and to build cities made of dreams, thanks to data exchange!

Indeed, unlike any other type of organization, cities enjoy a rich and almost endless ecosystem of public and private organizations that gravitates around them. Just think about the number of players involved in the city’s mobility: public transportation, car makers, taxis, airports, parking lots, shared mobility services…. Now replicate this with the entire city’s environment of retailers, utilities, public administrations or real estate, this is just enormous.

While the volume of data produced by this ecosystem can seem overwhelming, it also opens new and innovative horizons. Leveraging data exchange supports the development of a safe and sustainable future for cities, with applications aimed at improving the quality of life for citizens and accelerating economic development, thereby making cities more attractive places to live and to do business.