As an engineering student in the early 2000s, I was already aware of the concept of a Smart City. During my 4 year course, I will go on to submit a paper on Smart Homes, build a working model of a Smart Building, and complete an internship attached to a company that was building one of the very first Smart Hotels in Shanghai, China.
If you recall, all that took place in a time before Facebook (only became available in Singapore in 2006) and smartphones (Apple create the first iPhone only in 2007). That’s how much technology has changed in the last 10 years!
Today in Singapore, it seems like everything can be considered ‘Smart’. If you take a quick look at the projects the country has embarked on in the past 5 years, a large number of them will have the word ‘Smart’, but only a fraction of these are actually anything remotely intelligent. Personally, I do find this word overused and the meaning of Smart City is somewhat hazy.
In this article, I will not be going deep into any technical aspect of Smart Cities; the topic is simply too vast to explore. What I will do is to give some examples of good Smart City implementations here.