The cities of the 21st century cannot be understood without understanding their progressive technological development. All the cities that wish to improve the lives of their citizens have the objective of promoting technological management. Many cities have already started this progress and have become true Smart Cities.

Smart cities base their progress on adapting their structures to new technologies. To make energy consumption less polluting, to make the mobility of its inhabitants more efficient and to ensure that there is continuous information available to citizens so that they can improve their habits and thus achieve a better quality of life.

The overall goal of Smart Cities is to achieve a more sustainable world. Extensive work has been done in the following fields in order to achieve city sustainability:

  • The reduction of polluting CO2 emissions through the manufacture of electric cars, traffic control or reduction of emissions in different industries.
  • Use of photovoltaic panels in buildings, traffic lights and signals.
  • Use of wind energy in different urban infrastructures.
  • Promotion of the use of bicycles, through the creation of bicycle lanes and the improvement of applications for the management of routes and electric bicycles.

Different factors are assessed to calculate the level of efficiency, all of these are fundamental for a smart city: technology, environment, mobility and transport, governance, international impact, capital and urban planning. In short, there are many small elements that make cities more efficient places.

The Master’s and Expert Degree in Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings offers its students the opportunity to acquire skills in the new technological paradigms that cities and buildings require in order to become sustainable.  Our goal is to train individuals who will make the new vision of cities become a reality and thus achieve great ecological, economic and social progress. To this end, we collaborate with IBM, a company that provides our students with the best possible resources and training.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Catedrático en el Área de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial de la Universidad de Salamanca. Director del Grupo de Investigación BISITE // Full Professor in Area of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Salamanca. Director of the BISITE Research Group

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