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Smart city: what is it and what are its characteristics

Smart city

Over recent years the term 'smart city' has become increasingly common. But what actually is a smart city? What improvements does it bring to citizens, and what are the 6 main features a city must have in order to qualify as 'smart'? Let's find out.

Smart city definition

The term ‘smart city’ refers to a set of strategies aimed at connecting and optimising a city's public services and infrastructures. Specifically, the Treccani encyclopaedia talks about “urban planning strategies related to innovation,” whose ultimate aim is to improve citizens' quality of life. The Smart City is not simply an intelligent city: it is an innovative, efficient, sustainable and interconnected city.

The smart city model

The development of a Smart city is based on 6 main pillars, which constitute the very principles of sustainable urban development.

1. Smart governance

City administration is smart when it is people-centred. A smart city's most precious resource is its inhabitants and the network of connections that exists between them.

2. Smart economy

The economy of a smart city is collaborative and participatory. In the smart city model, innovation and sustainability go hand in hand not only with economic development, but also overall well-being.

3. Smart environment

One of the results of smart city development is that public and private buildingsbecome more efficient. The waste cycle becomes virtuous. Circular economy becomes predominant in the management of all the smart city's assets.

4. Smart people

Along with the concept of smart governance, participation from the ground-up becomes crucial in a smart city. The city's inhabitants are given a central role, they are listened to and included. Society becomes truly participatory and attentive to the needs of all; nobody is left behind.

5. Smart living

Daily life becomes more efficient, safer and smarter. Health, education and safety are assured for all.

6. Smart mobility

Smart mobility solutions are already being adopted by many cities: we are talking about the mobility of the future, in the form of shared or electric mobility. Public and private transport become more sustainable, favouring less polluting solutions and promoting shared and green mobility.

Waidy: the App that makes fountains, ‘nasoni’ (the public drinking fountains of Rome) and water supply kiosks smart

The Smart City model is based on these six pillars, creating an intelligent city where responsibility is shared and society is fully participatory and inclusive. Many cities in Italy and in Europe are already taking various steps in order to move ever closer towards this model. Indeed, it is precisely in this context that Waidy WOW was born - the app that makes fountains, ‘nasoni’ (the public drinking fountains of Rome) and water supply kiosks smart. With Waidy WOW, one tap will display the nearest place you can quench your thirst and fill your bottle. Moreover, by scanning the QR code on drinking fountains and water supply kiosks, you can access the history, stories and fun facts behind our precious water resources. Last, but definitely not least, and in the spirit of promoting shared responsibility, the app enables you to promptly report any breakdowns or malfunctions, thus ensuring that every citizen can contribute to the protection and monitoring of our water resources. Aspiring to the Smart City model is an advantage for everyone, because a smart city boasts more efficient organisation, making it more environmentally friendly and reducing the burden of costs on its citizens.