The Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo Highway has become China's first "internet highway," based on its cooperation with mobile payment service provider Alipay and China Guangfa Bank. With more than 40,000 vehicles streaming across the highway every day, it takes a long time for drivers to pay tolls. Through smart-city applications like mobile payments, the time consumed paying toll fees has been greatly reduced.
When I hear questions like, “why aren’t architects in Smart Cities?”, I would like to answer that architects should not be in Smart Cities. Cities are built by creative and qualified people. There must be creative, innovative citizens who are bent on sharing knowledge, ideas, and dreams.
Beyond the Smart Cities fashion there are numerous challenges that have transformed the realization of the Smart projects into a slow and arduous process. Some of these challenges are evident and will continue into next year:
It's a new world that will soon be accessible to Portuguese engineers, creatives and entrepreneurs who “feel the same spirit” of risking everything for an idea, planning it out, and then executing it. “But don't think it has been easy”, says Felipe Lacerda, pointing out that the main obstacle is the lack of managers at public institutions willing to work with “small players”
People are not machines, and they have this curious tendency to continue to invent and create more problems. It is this divine interference in the Smart City’s matrix that makes this challenge so exciting.
The convergence between power grids and smart technologies will lead to a new ecosystem of services that will enable a better quality of life and reduced electricity consumption. Countries like Germany, China, Japan and Australia have taken a high leap towards smart electricity not only in terms of consumption but production as well. Smart energy is an essential part of the journey to get closer to the goal of smart cities – cities of the future.