Smart Cities: Technology and Innovation to
improve Cities’ Quality

Actions such as improving energy consumption, more means of transportation and electric vehicles, solar panels for traffic lights and signals, promotion and development of bicycle usage, air quality measuring, counting people passing through certain places in the city, free Wi-Fi spots offering, are just a few of the measures that several cities have implemented in order to become smarter and to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.

According to the above, the concept of “smart cities” comes as a consequence of guiding citizen’s lives towards a more sustainable environment.

This way the metropolises counts with innovative technological infrastructures to generate a more efficient usage of the available resources and to stimulate a more active citizen participation.

Get to know the smartest cities in the world

The five cities leading this ranking are: London, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Reykjavik. It is not surprising that three of them belong to Europe, since this continent is the one that has promoted the development of policies and strategies to turn their cities into smart spaces the most. There are different parameters to rank the cities. For that several, dimensions are considered such as: Governance, quality of life, people, economic development, habitat, environment, technology, social cohesion, among others. Within the featured rankings, there is that of Cities in Motion which evaluates nine dimensions in 174 metropolises around the world. In the case of the top two cities corresponding to London and New York respectively, the aspects that allows them to be on this privileged position are their great advances in subjects such as: Human capital, government, mobility, transport and international projection. Regarding Latin America, the breaches are quite large. The first city to appear in the ranking is Santiago de Chile in the 68th place, followed by Buenos Aires in the 90th and Montevideo in position 110. As can be analyzed, only the capitals Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires are found among the top 100, this shows the situation that Latin America is going through, product of inefficient public policies in matters of security, mobility, environment, inequity and economic development. The main problems that this cities show regarding those found among the first places are related to economy, social cohesion, mobility, transport and urban planning. This is where companies such as K2 seek to support these types of initiatives in the cities in order to make them much more productive and able to give its citizens a better quality of life.