How do smart cities help solve everyday challenges?

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Did you know that smart cities can help you solve everyday challenges? A smart city is an urban area where technology and data collection help improve the quality of life, as well as the sustainability and efficiency of city operations. A smart city uses information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve operational efficiency, provide information to the public, and ensure better quality of public services and citizens' well-being.

What are the main challenges in smart cities?

The development of smart cities can be hindered by various factors, such as an inadequate level of operational efficiency, as well as a lack of understanding of the costs associated with maintaining and managing various initiatives. Other reasons are related to the public's lack of knowledge when it comes to new and advanced technologies, such as in the case of autonomous driving.

Smart cities should strive to provide effective mobility solutions that drive innovation in the industry, ensuring the achievement of sustainability goals and creating a collaborative ecosystem between all actors, entities and organizations involved. The challenges faced by each city may vary, but strategies must be put in place to ensure that the responsible authorities can adequately overcome any difficulties and obstacles that arise. Some of the challenges are:

  • Adaptation to rapidly changing technologies in vehicle innovation (car rental, electric car).
  • Designing public transportation systems that are efficient and safe while integrating with other platforms.
  • A policy that effectively meets air quality standards strategies while identifying quality of life measures and improvements in these areas.
  • A sustainable infrastructure, both physical and digital, is being built that supports innovation in mobility solutions from the public and private sectors.

The need for efficient mobility solutions and sustainable infrastructure is essential for cities to develop, but did you know that more than 50% of Latvia's gross electricity consumption (53.3%) comes from renewable sources?

How do smart cities use renewable energy sources?

In today's world, understanding the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources is more important than ever. Renewable and non-renewable energy are two types of energy sources that have their own advantages and disadvantages, and both play a role in sustaining the planet and our daily lives.

Renewable resources are those that can be replenished over time, while non-renewable resources cannot. By understanding the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources, we can make more informed decisions about how we use energy and how we protect our environment for future generations.

LSM's December 2023 article mentions that according to the data published by Eurostat on December 22, compared to 2021, it can be concluded that Latvia has maintained its place as one of the European leaders in the field of renewable energy.

In the revised Renewable Energy Directive, the EU's 2030 renewable energy target has been increased from 32% to 42.5% (with the aim of increasing it to 45%) - a target that Latvia is already achieving.

Among EU member states, the share of renewable energy in heating and cooling was more than half in Sweden (69.4%), Estonia (65.4%), Latvia (61.0%), Finland (58.5%), Lithuania (51.5 %). and Denmark (50.1%).

However, have you ever wondered how smart cities can reduce carbon emissions?

How do smart cities help reduce carbon emissions?

One way to achieve carbon neutrality in cities is to control construction methods. By choosing fewer polluting options in both technology and materials, carbon emissions can be reduced by 20-25%.

Cities can also tighten legislation on new housing construction standards by promoting buildings that receive strict environmental certification for management and energy services: water heating systems powered by solar energy, more efficient air conditioning, heating that uses water instead of oil, smart thermostats, lighting sensors. etc.

On an economic level, municipalities can promote financing instruments that enable the construction of more sustainable buildings and the renovation of old buildings to meet new energy efficiency standards. Improving insulation materials for walls, windows and roofs can reduce energy costs by up to 40%.

What are the benefits of smart homes in the development of smart cities?

Smart homes can play a vital role in the smart city system, offering diverse opportunities to improve quality of life and city efficiency.

Smart homes can be equipped with energy-saving technologies and sensors that can optimize energy use and include automatic adjustment of lighting and heating systems according to needs, as well as use solar panels or other forms of renewable energy to reduce the home's energy dependence on fossil fuels.

Smart homes can help optimize the use of resources such as water and electricity consumption. Automated water and energy monitors and systems can identify opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce unnecessary waste of resources.
Smart cities offer vast potential to address everyday challenges through technology and data collection to improve quality of life and city efficiency. However, achieving this potential requires effective management and adaptation to rapidly changing technological enterprises. The development of smart cities can be hindered by various factors, including a lack of awareness and public knowledge of new technologies. To overcome these challenges, it is necessary to develop strategies that meet a specific city's needs and to promote cooperation and innovation in the public and private sectors. In addition, smart cities can be an important tool in the fight against climate change by using renewable energy sources and promoting energy efficiency and sustainable infrastructure.

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