Smart city describes digital networks that are built in order to improve the urban quality of life. The collection of big data allows logistical interventions such as the optimization of traffic flows.
The Spanish town of Santander is considered one of Europe's pioneering smart cities.
How can citites become more sustainable and ready for a rapid influx of people? That's a question currently discussed at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur. 'Cities 2030, Cities for all' is the motto of the conference. One of its aims is to take a closer look at the many challenges facing urban communities and those who need to manage urbanization everywhere.
Hamburg's smart mobility projects are in full gear. Busses communicate with traffic lights, commuter rail links up with car-sharing services, and city planners have new digital tools. The goal is less congestion and a better quality of life for everyone.