DIGITAL AT THE SERVICE OF MEDIUM-SIZED CITIES
FROM THE MINUTES 2018
Medium-sized cities all across the world are facing problems they must address in order to improve the daily lives of their inhabitants. To do so, many cities are considering digital solutions to improve management practices, to optimize infrastructure and to improve the well-being of their citizens. However, the implementation of customized digital technology is expensive, and using generic digital products may not fit a city’s needs. One solution? Use digital technology to build on the strengths and existing infrastructure of medium-sized cities.
GREENVILLE AND ROUBAIX: SMART CITIES IN ACTION
The city of Greenville, South Carolina, has a vision for the future focused on sustainable mobility and an improved quality of life for citizens. It’s based on four pillars:
1. High density zones of urban activity
2. Automated electric fleet vehicles
3. Zero-emission public shuttles, ride share and public transportation
4. High-capacity intelligent parking structures around transportation hubs
"If you want to create something that fits a city's needs. You should start with what they already have." - Aurélie Dhavernas
"If doesn't seem pertinent to have one single approach for different cities." - Aurélie Dhavernas
In October 2016, the French city of Roubaix launched an open data portal so that its digital data became a common good. Combined with focused collaboration, they hope to improve the cleanliness and social services of the city.
ADVANTAGES OF THE SMART CITY
CREATES SOCIAL SOLUTIONS
A mobile platform integrating city services helps better manage traffic circulation to ensure safety for pedestrians A digital platform that connects skilled, available workers who can help the city address problems
IDENTIFIES GAPS IN SOCIAL SERVICES
Connect basic infrastructure to generate data on current issues related to the city that will help to develop additional services
PROMOTES THE ELECTRIFICATION OF VEHICLES
Digital tools to locate and access charging stations Improved user experience at charging stations by providing additional services such as charging hubs for phones, and offering entertainment areas so people can have fun while they charge their cars
"The first issue is to optimize the needs we have, whether budgetary or human, and the second is to improve the life of citizens." - Raphaël Dirix
A CITIZEN-CENTRED WAY OF LIFE
To become a smart city, Edmonton, Alberta shifted from a traditional government-centred model to a citizen-centred model that encourages individuals, private sectors and academic sectors to collaborate in an open innovation system.