* What is a Smart City in your opinion, and what city is in your opinion the best Smart City in the world?
A Smart City is a city where part of the infrastructure is managed by technologies to increase quality of life. Here is where programs are set to manage different areas, for example; transportation, power plants, waste management, etc.
It’s a bit difficult to say which Smart City is the best in the world. But according to Stephanie Beaumont, Marketing Manager at First Point Group, that would be Vienna, because of its Infrastructure, Smart Energy Vision 2050, Roadmap 2020 and Action Plan 2012 – 2015. And according to Forbes Magazine, Barcelona scored high on Environment, Smart Traffic and Parking as well as Smart Street Lighting.
* What do you think is the biggest challenge to develop a successful Smart City project?
The biggest challenge would be making sure that we look at all aspects of the technologies that are used to build a smart city. We want to make sure we reduce the carbon emissions and also the electro-pollution that is produced by the technological equipment’s which are harmful to the environment and to the human health. We need to make sure we comply with the International rules of public exposure. This type of pollution will clearly increase because the amount of electronic equipment and devices that we are using everywhere is also increasing. A sustainable connectivity where the RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) is controlled will also play a big part in developing a successful Smart City.
* What is the most important success factor in involving citizens in a Smart City project?
The most important success factor in involving citizens in Smart City project would be to educate everyone on how these systems work and what to do when they are not working properly.
* What is the relationship between a Smart City and Circular Economy?
The relationship between a Smart City and Circular Economy is efficiency and waste reduction. It’s also about technologies with the longest durability and smart systems that can be put in action first by the public sector and then later on as part of private budgets.
* Cooperation between private and public sector are very important in creating smart cities. How can cities attract private partners and convince them to invest?
Cities should get private partners involved in the process by educating them about the benefits in creating smart cities. Private partners need to know how these changes will help their business. There are several ways to do this, and one of the easiest is to convince the Private Sector to invest in publicity budgets for smart cities programs.
* What about the future? What kind of smart/circular cities we will have in 2025?
Technology is evolving and everyone wants to take advantage of this growth. Companies are establishing the philosophy of working smarter not harder. By 2025 we will see a tremendous growth in IOT and Smart Cities, which we will all benefit from. However, these same technologies that will be used to create the Smart Cities will produce also a tremendous amount of electrical pollution. The Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), Electrostatic Discharges (ESD) and Data Packing Alteration (DPA) will be so high that the Smart City System will collapse and public exposure to electro pollution will be so high that we will certainly see public health issue like we never saw before.
The only way to have Sustainable Smart Cities is to take control of the electrical pollution.