Enhancing the efficacy of connected cities

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and urban areas and this is predicted to rise to 70% in 2050. The scale of urban growth presents considerable social, economic and environmental challenges for those who live and work in them.

Philips believes that living and working in cities should not be a burden but an opportunity to thrive.
Philips can provide cities with innovative, impactful, personally relevant and tailored business models that include solutions and services in areas such as lighting, healthcare and lifestyle.

Indications are that governments and citizens are now going that bit further and becoming participative advocates and agents of change."

 

Philips Connected Cities position paper 2014

However, there must be firm commitments to working with relevant stakeholders, both public and private, to provide effective, energy-efficient and most of all, connected solutions that can help to lower costs and maximize societal benefits.
By providing connected lighting services and smart lighting solutions, Philips believes cities can become smarter, more integrated and most importantly better places to live for all their citizens.
Cities are growing rapidly and expanding their boundaries, there are currently 24 ‘megacities’ which are those that have a population of over 10 million people.
 

75%

of the global economic production comes from cities. Cities are also responsible for 67% of the total global energy consumption and more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Citation: Philips Connected Cities position paper 2014

It is estimated that almost 180,000 people move into cities every day which means that by 2025, there will be 35 megacities with 60% of global growth taking place in only 600 cities, mainly in emerging countries.
Both emerging and mature cities experience fast growth but they are confronted by different issues. In a bid to manage growth and increase competitiveness, emerging cities are faced with challenges including employment creation, better resource management and an improvement in living conditions. In comparison, mature cities seek to remain competitive, improve the business environment and enhance quality of life of residents while faced by challenges that flow from a congested transportation infrastructure and an aging population.
Despite the different challenges faced by emerging and mature cities, safety and security, access to healthcare, city lighting and a sense of belonging are factors that all city planners should strive to improve, as these characteristics strongly contribute to citizens’ health and well-being.
Philips innovators have a Connected Cities vision. They believe this is achievable when one combines the right technology, the right business model, the right alliances, the right cooperation models between public and private sectors, the appropriate regulation environment and, most importantly, the optimum relationship with the end user – the citizen.
While there is still a considerable distance to travel in order to secure a far-reaching global agreement on the factors critical to the livability of our cities – such as design innovation, sustainability and high-tech efficiency, progress is clearly taking place on a number of levels. Indications are that governments and citizens are now going that bit further and becoming participative advocates and agents of change. There is ample evidence when advancing the argument, that poor urban planning can take a generation or longer to rectify. But one need not necessarily be ‘futuristic’ in planning for the future.
The Smarter Cities agenda is also not an ‘ownable’ space. It is, and should remain, a shared area, civically and commercially. It is, however, also an increasingly noisy space. In parallel with the rollout of its diverse solutions, Philips will continue to gauge the optimum manner, frequency and degree of our participation for the ultimate benefit of the citizen. It’s a pioneering technological strategy that can provide meaningful solutions to revolutionize the world.

The urban population accounts for 54% of the global population, up from 34% in 1960?

True. The global urban population is expected to grow approximately 1.84% per year between 2015 and 2020 and 1.63% per year between 2020 and 2025. Citation: World Health Organization: Global Health Observatory data

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