Our world is constantly shaped by so-called mega-trends: trends that are broad, global, and dramatically impactful. No matter what lenses are applied, urbanisation is one of those predominant mega-trends, which is changing our cities and the way most of us live.
The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the disadvantages of city life. Dense populations, polluted air and a heavy reliance on public transportation are among the conditions allowing the current pandemic to spread.
Cities provide many services to its residents, from electricity and water to safety and public transportation. Data and technology can be used to enhance these services and improve the quality of life for its residents. This is the aim of smart cities.
During the XXX FIEE Smart Future exhibition and conference held in São Paulo, Brazil, Amaury Santos, head of the IEC Latin America Regional Centre (IEC-LARC), participated in the panel discussion on Energy Sustainability for Smart Cities.
Many cities have begun introducing ‘smart’ technologies to improve the quality of life of their residents. It is now possible to collect data easily and, using algorithms, to analyse the data in real-time so as to formulate an overall picture of what is going on in a given area –