Environmental sustainability & Smart Cities: how to improve quality of life in cities

Environmental sustainability & Smart CitiesSource:media.volvocars.com/

Sustainable, efficient, smart and hyper-technologically advanced,but what exactly are “Smart Cities”?

Definition of a Smart City

A Smart City, as the name suggests, is an urban area where resources are managed in a super-smart way. How? By implementing interconnected innovative solutions and digital technology such as the I.oT. (Internet of Things) within various branches of local government – including smart roads, fiber optics, smart parking management in cities, smart rubbish collection, self-regulating street lighting and traffic lights, etc.
Smart City is, therefore, an intelligent and energetically self-sufficient city which optimizes and enhances infrastructures and services in order to provide its residents with a higher quality of life.
Cutting-edge systems and a modern environment where services are plenty, efficient and cheap, however, are not enough: in order to become eco-sustainable, these “cities of the future” must be conceived and developed with carbon neutrality in mind, whilst fully respecting the needs of both the people and the planet. Importantly, there is growing awareness that these areas are not only to inhabit, and generate economic prosperity – but they also have to go in parallel with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability goals.

Traffic-generated pollution and parking issues in cities

Pollution/smog, traffic and the scarcity of parking spaces are the biggest issues for people living or working in a city.
In fact, cities are responsible for producing 70% of CO2 and pollutants, which significantly impact climate change.
The continuous increase of population in cities is accompanied by a corresponding increase in car traffic. Let’s not forget that more people means more cars on the road, which in turn translates into more cars to park.
This increasingly unleashes a “parking war” which causes more pollution and stress for inhabitants.
Can we decrease CO2 emissions and the time spent searching for a parking space at the same time?
What are the solutions available to make traffic smoother and in turn, reduce pollution?
Expanding green areas and parks, encouraging car-sharing, bike-sharing and installing charging stations for electric cars is not sufficient: the parking areas in cities must be improved.
Parking no longer has to be a problem.

The solution: smart management of urban parking and Sotefin automated parking systems

Smart parking systems such as Sotefin automated parking systems can help solve this problem.
This cutting-edge multi-storey automated parking system boasts double the capacity of a traditional parking lot.
Sotefin uses non-polluting electromechanical devices to move cars within the lot, preventing car circulation and minimizing emissions within the building.

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Thanks to change and technological innovation, a better quality of life is now possible for everyone: it is up to us to embrace these opportunities in order to improve our lives and the future of our cities.