Have you ever heard the phrase “the person that thinks the world revolves around them?” If that person lived in the City of the Future, that statement might not be far from the truth.
A smarter energy grid could cut energy costs in half. More personal retail experiences could use location-based technology. More efficient health care could be available.
For example, innovation will change public transportation – and the resident’s experience. Thanks to next-generation internet routing technology enabling “internet everywhere” and near field communication (NFC) technology, public transportation will become more personal. Smart devices will be able to load your personal profile onto the bus and make specifications for physical objects like seat height or populating a public screen with your personal workspace for productivity on the go. Transit systems in the City of the Future could also serve as a depot for mail delivery, food pick up or even dropping off dry-cleaning.
Improvements will be made by embedding technology into city development. “The City of the Future” will revolve around the needs of its inhabitants, effectively building a living and breathing human network.
How close are we to living in a city of the future?
In the city of Songdo, South Korea, citizens are nearer to this concept than most. See how Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities solutions are helping make the City of the Future a reality today: