Cities all around the world have set the same goal for themselves. Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, Dubai, Helsinki, San Diego, Stockholm, Nanjing, Vienna, Yokohama — they all share an aspiration to become “smart cities.”
That sounds like an appealing aim, yet when urban planners try to explain more precisely how they plan to lead their cities into the digital future, their answers are less convincing, with each proposing a different plan. Despite the many symposiums that have been held on this subject, there is no consensus on how to pursue this ambition.
Essentially the only thing all parties can agree on is that “smart” cities will employ sensors, computers and smartphones, and they will implement new forms of city government, making administrative processes more transparent than ever before. The idea is that digital technology will help make urban living cleaner, more sustainable and more pleasant. And, of course, it should increase prosperity as well.
The Government of the Cantabrian Community through the Society for Regional Development-Cantabria-SODERCAN the City Council, the University of Cantabria (UC) and a group of companies led by Telefónica I + D are already working to make Santander the leading smart city in the world. The project is funded by the European Union through the 7 th Framework Programme, as it involves other cities such as Aarhus (Denmark), Guilford (UK), Lübeck (Germany) and Belgrade (Serbia). There are currently other Smart projects in some cities in Europe, but are limited to very specific and limited applications. Santander, however, will install 12,000 sensors to monitor sites and services such as buses, port, municipal parks, the garbage collection service, the environment of the caves of Altamira, and so on.
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