Although the concept of smart city is not uniquely defined, the common denominator of every possible interpretation of the 'smart city' lies in the prevalence of the technological component. Is the smart city therefore a digital city? Of course, but not only: the construction of an integrated digital space, based on advanced technological platforms, is only the first step in the creation of a 'smart city'. Characteristic of the smart city in short, it is a high degree of transversality in the application of technologies to very different areas, from energy to construction, from transport to mobility, safety and automation.
Talk about the smart city it is important because, according to forecasts, by 2030 60% of the population will live in urban centers, with a progressive shift from rural areas to cities increased by immigration. This is why the European Union has asked all member states to have a specific Urban Agenda and has created new European Regional Development Funds for 2014-2020. And that is why Italy has decided to equip itself with a specific PON (National Operational Program) dedicated to metropolitan cities.
The bottom line is that this is the rethinking of urban space in key smart city responds to some concrete problems that the future puts before us: an increase in the world population, large phenomena of urbanization as a result of the increase in urban population and growth in energy demand combined with greater sensitivity to environmental impact.
Certainly the electronics and electrical engineering industry represented by ANIE Federation can make a fundamental contribution to smart city, as was underlined during the meeting 'Designing Smart Cities: technology suppliers and stakeholders in comparison to build the cities of the future' organized at the beginning of December at the ANIE Confindustria headquarters on the occasion of the XII Research Day.
The companies adhering to ANIE, which during the day had the opportunity to illustrate the innovative scope of their work to those present, showed that it is now time to stop discussing what could be done to implement the smart city and to begin to realize it, also through interventions that may seem minor, but which in reality constitute a step forward towards the city of the future.
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