If one wants to know at close quarters a typical Smart City that functions efficiently and which could be a model for others to adopt, go to Helsinki,
Take for example its new Mobility-as-a-Service initiative that will come on stream next year. It will allow you to simply buy a ‘mobility’ ticket to your destination via text message or app, and the service will plan the ideal route from your starting point, combining public transport, on-demand services and private vehicles.
Sampo Hietanen, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems Finland and head of the project was quoted as saying that all public and private transport options will converge around you to get you home.
It will be on-demand mini-buses called Kutsuplus which will deviate according to an optimal route, dropping you off to a public bus stop or a taxi or bike rank.
Helsinki’s data-driven transport system was unique in 2015, but as migration boosts urban populations, more cities would now need to adapt these trends.
Wired magazine reported that by 2030, five billion people will surge into cities. In 2016, more cities will be “smartified” — either built from scratch, like Songdo in South Korea, or existing ones upgraded with intelligent infrastructure, such as in Amsterdam.
“The word ‘smart’ is used a lot for cities already, but that’s limited to technical data — sensor inputs, control systems, apps,” says Gerhard Schmitt, professor of information architecture at ETH Zurich, and leader of the ETH Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore.