DATA-SHARING PLATFORM AND SERVICES TO HELP INTEGRATE CITIZENS INTO THE HEART OF THE SMART CITY
FROM THE MINUTES 2018
The city will be a hallmark of the 21st century: by 2030, almost six out of 10 humans will be urban dwellers, and 60% of the world’s GDP will come from the largest 750 cities. How can service platforms and data-sharing enhance city management practices and improve citizens’ quality of life?
STAKES IN THE CITY
In the coming decades, urban planners and deciders will need to figure out the best ways to:
→ Attract citizens and visitors → Promote citizen engagement → Secure public spaces → Reduce their environmental footprint →Modernize public services → Reduce costs
DIJON CUTS THE MUSTARD
In 2017, Capgemini took on a 12-year infrastructure contract to manage the community, mobility, parking and safety equipment of this French city of 250,000. They built a custom management solution and after only one year boasted savings of 65% on energy and 50% on maintenance, and deployed 142 km of optical fiber. Also introduced were 148 smart traffic lights and 1,600 smart parking lots that display information about available spaces on a smartphone app.
"Personally, I don't know where we should put the limit. I don't know if facial recognition is good, I don't know if it's bad. We need to rely on democracy to decide what is better - or worse - and where the limit is." - Pascal Hoguet
LOOKING FOR THE HEART OF THE SMART CITY
Movin’On participants were asked to reflect on how data-sharing platforms can help integrate citizens in a smart city, as well as the potential benefits and threats. The Dijon model works well for more dynamic cities, but what if cities are passive? Could the impetus come from businesses? Does affecting change start with the city? Here are some ideas they had:
MAKING MORE QUALITY TIME
Smart cities would digitally manage traffic flows from a command centre, modifying the flow during peak hours. Shorter commutes mean more time for family and friends.
MOBILITY FOR KIDS, TOO
In this controversial approach, kids could have a unique identification that would be integrated like Uber, but for kids, with a platform for facial recognition and authorization. This way, they could move around in the city on their own, with the permission of their parents.
When setting out, a carpool application could let you know if someone else in your area is going in the same direction. Maybe you've never met that person, maybe you’ll never see them again, but you'll have made a connection.
INCLUSION IS VISION
These kinds of changes have to be peoplelead through democracy. Citizens can’t wait for the government to state what needs to be done when inclusion in mobility is at stake. Everybody in the community must be included, but how can authorities ensure marginalized individuals can contribute?