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A tour to some of the ‘smartest’ cities in the world

Some of the cities in the world are leading the revolution in smart urban planning. These cities are seeing a fine amalgamation of environment-friendly practices and technology. Conde Nast Traveler lists out some of the prototype cities of the future.

Planit Valley, Portugal

This construction of the city started from scratch in 2011 and though things are still at the developmental stage, the population is expected to reach 225,000 on completion. The city is designed to use more than 100 million smart sensors that would be helpful in preventing any damages during fires and accidents. These sensors would also assisting transportation.

Masdar City, UAE

This city’s blueprint was built by star architect Norman Foster. The city is designed to inhabit 500 households and would completely rely on solar and renewable energy sources. Plans are that this city would be the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency. The town is being developed as a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly town and will outlaw cars where people would be allowed to use only public transportation.

Fujisawa, Japan

This city has given a new meaning to ‘company town’. Aimed at becoming a zero-emission community, Panasonic has built the town on the site of its earlier factory. It is anticipated that the citizens would be using electric cars and charging stations would be setup at all corners of the city. By 2018, the city is expected to be completed with about 1,000 households.

Copenhagen, Denmark

The city has continuously updated its model for future initiatives. Owning to these efforts the city received the title of 2014 European Green Capital. The city has been using cutting-edge environmental practices. Recently, a ‘green laboratory’was also opened in the North Harbor.

NH24, NCR, India

India, too, has an ambitious plan to build at least three smart cities by 2019. There are plans to build Eco-friendly cities using innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for efficient delivery of public services and infrastructure.

One such city, Wave City has already started taking shape on NH24 – the newest suburb of Delhi, since 2011. Based on the IBM smart city concept, it would be the first and largest IBM based smart city in India built by Wave Infratech, one of the leading real estate developers in the country. The work on the Wave City smart city is in full swing with integration of ICT based systems already present within Wave City. The city is expected to have the facilities of smart water, dedicated BRT, central command center and 50 clean and green parks.

Source: Conde Nast Traveler

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