30 September, 2022

Buildings and smart cities gain strength in this health emergency scenario

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The recent development of Artificial Intelligence (HE) has not only spurred the modernization of security and technology, It has also promoted the creation of buildings and smart cities.

When we talk about a “smart” city, it manages to articulate different services, both public and private, and that, thanks to its effectiveness, can improve the organic functioning of the same.

On the other hand, a “smart” construction provides greater energy effectiveness, an increase in security, better connectivity and maximum reduction of waste and pollutants.

There are currently few smart cities like New York, Málaga, Amsterdam, Singapore and Barcelona. Worldwide, the pandemic has changed the urban model, This has led to promoting the development of smart city projects.

The COVID-19 pandemic has played an unexpected role in the development of smart cities. The fact of being confined has forced the majority to adopt an “online” lifestyle, that is perfectly aligned with the enabling technologies of smart cities.

"Since the year 2020 technologies were developed to reduce crowding, being able to count how many people are inside an establishment, how many leave and how many more can enter. All this is possible by applying artificial intelligence ", explains Eng. Enrique Luna, Head of Training and Technical Support at Dahua Technology, company that has an effective access control system to commercial sites that has been very useful during the pandemic.

Goals of Smart Cities:

  • By using IoT, alert of changes that occur in cities in real time, as changes in mobility and traffic flow.
  • Optimize public transport routes, ambulances and security forces.
  • Smart cities aim to develop more sustainable cities and take care of the environment.
  • Increased security.
  • Energy saving.
  • Reduction of operating and maintenance costs.

Alexander Carbonell, member of the Panamanian Chamber of Technology (CAPATEC) considers that the pandemic forced people and companies to adopt technologies that would allow them to return to a level of interaction like the one they had before. The result was that many not only adapted and met the needs they had pre-pandemic, rather, they took advantage of technology to go further and generate greater productivity and more efficiency.

The social dynamics caused by the pandemic will shape our cities, prioritizing physical distancing and digital connections. The use of AI will help to identify deficiencies in cities and the new needs of people, thus strengthening the relationship between citizens and government. further, will allow the development of specific solutions, saving costs and obtaining better results.