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Smart Cities Enhance the Healthy Rhythm of a City
Mar 22, 2015 Mark B107
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I think a smart city seeks to identify the natural rhythms of a healthy city ecosystem (natural, built, cultural and social environments) and works to respect and enhance those rhythms. A smart city:
- optimizes systems like waste removal, air quality, transport and food distribution
- maximizes diversity (in economic development, in socially inclusive practices)
- manages resources efficiently
- encourages equity and fosters new innovation and economic growth
- preserves green and cultural spaces.

Eg: Bike rental schemes respect and work with the rhythm of a city: collection points are located at maximum value for residents; the system reduces impacts on public transport/traffic congestion, reduces air pollution and driver anxiety/stresses. The next stage is for cities to use big data to analyze the use of bikes in order to optimize the redistribution of bikes to locations and at times where they are most needed with the minimum amount of resources.

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