A smart city is basically a municipality that uses new technologies to improve the lives of its citizens. In turn, these technologies are intended to have a lesser impact on the environment, reducing the emission of polluting gases and lowering energy consumption. Thus, they make the city's services more efficient.
Since the beginning of the 21st century most people live in cities, the UN estimates that the proportion of people living in cities will amount to 70% of the total population by 2050. This evolution makes it necessary to maximise the efficient use of resources in cities, making smart cities essential.
The ways in which smart cities improve the relationship of the municipality with the environment are varied. Urban planning, for example, plays an important role in the inclusion of green areas; energy efficiency measures that reduce electricity costs, as well as measures that favour energy efficiency, the use of more ecological urban transport; smart cards; vehicles that indicate where there is a free parking area; low consumption lighting and lighting hours based on artificial intelligence, etc.
Thus, the efficient automation of processes through technologies such as artificial intelligence, has made smart cities a reality.
At Air Institute we work on giving practical value to new technologies by developing systems that allow for greater efficiency and that make people's lives easier.