Building Smart Cities
Today, close to 4 billion people reside in urban areas. By 2030, the world is projected to have 41 mega-cities with more than 10 million inhabitants. By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will be urban.
New levels of urbanisation call for innovative new ways of managing cities and the transport arteries that keep a city going.
“You know what the future is? Mass transportation. You want this region to grow? The answer is not more people getting in cars and getting on the road and driving. That is not the answer. We’re not building any more roads. The roads are congested. Gasoline is expensive. We’re polluting the environment. You can’t park. The traffic is terrible. The gridlock is terrible. That’s not the future. The future is mass transit.” New York Governor Cuomo
A smart city is an integrated and a tech-enabled city, where the transit resources are efficient and technology enables seamless, frictionless journeys using what people are wearing or have in their pocket to travel.
Smart cities require an open infrastructure for seamless travel between different operators and modes of transport, allowing providers to easily plug into each other, creating an ecosystem of connected apps and services for frictionless door-to-door journeys.