A couple of years ago, construction of smart cities changed from application-oriented to platform-oriented, from project construction-oriented to operational service-oriented, from government management and people’s livelihood services to industrial promotion. This made the urban cloud centers, urban big data centers, and urban unified operation centers gradually become the focus of construction. So those who are building smart cities, already focus on smart transportation, smart municipalities, and smart environmental protection.
In 2020, construction of smart cities slowed down because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, this year, all projects resumed. IDC predicts that global smart city spending will have a higher growth rate in 2021. Its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) should be 14.6% during the forecast period 2020-2024.
As you can see, the way people are building smart cities and money they spend on construction changes. In this sense, City of Melbourne and the Emerging Technologies Research Lab (ETLab) at Monash University announced a new approach of building smart cities –they involve residents more.
Residents Have A Key Role
Due to the live activation, residents can interact with various sensor technologies that have been installed throughout. To manage many areas under in the city, those sensors detect and collect data about microclimates, pedestrian activity, rubbish bin levels, air quality, and park activity. If residents are not aware of a sensor and don’t know how it works, they can scan QR codes and get detailed explanation.
“By helping the City of Melbourne engage with the local community early in the process of testing new smart technologies and planning the future city strategy, this project will contribute important insights into how people perceive, value, and use emerging technologies in the urban environment,” ETLab director and chief investigator Sarah Pink said.
This not only involves residents into the smart city management but also makes the data collection transparent.
Traffic Management Systems In Smart Cities
Melbourne will also set the first dedicated traffic congestion management team. The latter will have up of six traffic managers. Each of them will be responsible for a certain task. Say, they will track incidents in real-time or identify where to make “small scale” changes to improve traffic flow.
There are more than 500 traffic monitoring camera, and they will have access to them. Plus, they will get access to 200 wireless traffic sensors.
This will cost over AU$340 million. We learned about it June, when the state government said the package was designed to make it “easier for people and goods to get around Melbourne with better technology, more specialist staff and stronger enforcement of clearways”.