Smart Cities of Europe: London, Helsinki, and Barcelona

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For the last couple of years, there has been lots of talk about smart cities. Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and this percentage is expected to be 68% by 2050. Thus, it’s a need to deploy smart solutions in city life to make millions’ lives easier.

Generally, smart cities are cities that have digital technology embedded across all city functions; uses, cooperates, and – or utilizes technology to provide and solve city problems.

For an introduction to smart cities, follow this: Smart Solutions for Smart Cities

Here are three smart cities in Europe:

London

London, the capital of the United Kingdom, stands as the highest-ranking smart city in Europe. In 2016, Mayor Sadiq Khan launched Smart London 2.0, a new smart city strategy focused on digital inclusion. Then, in 2019, the City of London Corporation launched its Smart IoT initiative, where IoT enabled street lighting is being deployed across the city.

Helsinki

The Finnish capital has established a smart innovation district called Kalasatama, which aims to save one hour of every citizen’s time every day through smart traffic-related services. It is currently working on more than 25 innovative infrastructure, buildings, and experimentation projects.

Barcelona

Barcelona has invested heavily in Wi-Fi infrastructure and IoT to become one of the world’s most connected cities. The investment has already saved the city an estimated 58 million dollars on water, generated 50 million per year in parking revenues, and created 47,000 new jobs.

One of the most successful projects has been an extensive installation of Smart Led lights that save energy by only lighting up when sensors detect movement and also capture environmental data that help inform local government decisions.

Source: Top Smart Cities in Europe

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