Turning contemporary cities into smart, interactive and safe urban living

September 4, 2020 8:30 - 10:00

Location: Virtual Room 3


The urban population of the world has grown quickly from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018, and the 55% of the world’s population living today in city-based areas is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Indeed, a more agile, inclusive and safe “smart city” is the main challenge and a pressing need of next urbanisation strategies. The unprecedented availability of digital technologies and the almost unlimited mobile communication and mobile-based tools for information sharing are steadily and quickly changing our way of living. They allow for networking people, sensors and devices of all kinds for a better control of the city-based life as a whole, including services, mobility, pollution monitoring and many other aspects of our co-shared spaces and life.
This session will focus on the most innovative ideas and solutions that have been supported by the European Research Council for living in a safer and more efficient smart city offering a better quality of life. The continuous monitoring of essential infrastructures such as electric power systems and water distribution networks will be presented, together with a platform for real-time prediction and control of the road traffic, and a computer vision system for intelligent parking. The environmental monitoring carried out by citizens is also presented, as an example of participation of people for building smart cities.

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