25 May 2022

Smart city development

Research by video management solution provider, Milestone Systems, has revealed how the British public feels about smart city development and what local and government authorities need to do to allow smart city technology to reach its full potential in making urban centres safer, more secure and more appealing to the public as the UK recovers from the pandemic.

Our urban centres are maturing and getting smarter. From Lisbon to London, Kolkata to Copenhagen, technology is becoming more and more embedded in our everyday lives. The pace of change will undoubtedly quicken in the coming years, as artificial intelligence and other technological advances continue rapidly expanding the many possibilities that can help societies tackle major challenges such as climate change, scarcity of resources, and traffic congestion. But how does the general public feel about smart city development? Do they realise that it is already taking place across the UK, or do many people still think it just sounds like something out of a science fiction novel? As seen with the vociferous opposition to the roll-out of low-traffic neighbourhoods in cities and towns throughout lockdown, buy-in from citizens is essential to the successful evolution of urban areas.

Key findings include:

– 75% of people have health, safety and security concerns when in their nearest city

– A fifth of people have never heard the term ‘smart city’ before

– 61% using public transport less frequently than before the pandemic

– One in three cite air pollution as a key worry in cities, but less than half are aware that smart city technology can help improve air quality and combat climate change.

Find the full report here: https://pardot.milestonesys.com/milestone-smart-cities-ebook