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The term Smart City has come to signify quality of life in an urban context; the aim is to apply technology to diverse problem areas of daily life, such as mobility, managing energy resources, recycling rubbish, air quality, land use, service networks, building and land use, the local economy, job creation and public safety.
The EU Commission, in its digital agenda, pays special attention to the theme of the Smart City, as a necessary precondition for the growth of the knowledge economy, social inclusion, tourism, the arts and environmental health.
The evolution of urban life in the direction of the Smart City is a catalyst to keep Europe in the forefront of urban development at a global level; indeed, there are numerous initiatives in different parts of the world- research, experiments, projects and pilot schemes- dedicated to finding ways of harnessing technological innovation to improve our lives.
The city becomes intelligent: Arké joins with the local authorities through project financing, in the development and programming of technological and infrastructural initiatives most suited to local conditions.
Not only light
Not only light but a new platform for services waiting to be connected. Thanks to innovative technology it has become possible to transform street lighting into a extensive communication network within the city and beyond: the classical lamppost thus becomes intelligent, capable of integrating and activating a wide range of services aimed at improving the quality of life and rendering the city smarter, safer and more ecologically sustainable.
Thanks to high speed power lines, and round the clock technology on our lighting systems it is possible to install cameras, in a rapid and flexible manner, thereby creating, in no time at all, an efficient system of video surveillance: with this innovative solution, through a simple internet browser, authorised users can easily monitor the area concerned wherever they may find themselves.
Intelligent traffic control
The problem of monitoring traffic flow and predicting in real time variations in the flow, has been overcome thanks to a number of different solutions available on the market: revolutionary devices capable of supplying information in real time on the movements of vehicles through the urban streets and beyond, classifying them in terms of type (motorbikes, cars, lorries etc.) and average speed.
Providing drivers with information on where to park is an enormous step towards reducing traffic congestion and urban pollution. There are various platforms that allow us to overcome this problem in a simple and rapid manner. Thanks to this technology and through a “intelligent” public lighting system it is possible today to monitor the road network, identify traffic congestion, and suggest where motorists can find a parking space as well as recording any motoring or parking offences committed.
Today innovative software can provide us with information on the weather at a specific location, in real time. And not just the general picture but also information the pressure, humidity, wind, and radiation levels, so that through a simple display the user can be supplied with a detailed account of meteorological conditions and forewarned in the event of any danger (storms, snow, blizzards and so on).
The public lighting system can be transformed into a LAN network: WiFi hotspots can be installed on lamp posts to supply the internet at low cost, thereby creating rapid and widespread connections for public use.
“The Smart City can be identified and classified in terms of the following aspects::
 Rudolf Giffinger, Christian Fertner, Hans Kramar, Robert Kalasek, Nataša Pichler-Milanovic, Evert Meijers, Smart cities – Ranking of European medium-sized cities (PDF), su Smart Cities, Vienna, Centre of Regional Science, 2007
Not only light
intelligent traffic control
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