Smart Responsive City: The citizens are king

Lukas Jöhri
July 29, 2020
Innovation, Strategy
In the future, with the trend "Smart Responsive City", the city will automatically adapt to the needs of its inhabitants and thus promote easy living together. Additionally, citizens will also increasingly live and work in self-organized systems (‘Social Participation’ trend). These two trends are changing our everyday lives dramatically. In this blog we show you some examples of how this could work and look like in the future.

Building permits and objections can easily be done via a digital app

As our everyday life becomes more and more digital, our environment will have to do the same at some point. Imagine a completely digital and mostly self-organized city administration: instead of lengthy approval and tendering procedures, every citizen has an app with numerous rights and obligations that makes everyday life easier and saves resources at the same time: 

  • Turn on the street lights when and where you need them.
  • Notify your neighbours directly about special events that could generate noise and get their permission at the same time.
  • Post your building project on the app and all your neighbors can see what you're up to. The applicable rules are checked automatically. Objections from neighbours are processed digitally and directly. You are not dependent on any further administration, but directly on your neighbours and, in the event of a dispute, on independent, uninvolved citizens.
  • Take pictures of places where something is wrong or where adjustments are needed. The grass is too high? Garbage on the side of the road? It burns? A park bench is broken? You have a medical emergency? The right workers or helpers are automatically notified in the shortest possible time.
  • You are stuck in traffic? The city takes care of that for you by pre-calculating your trip and optimizing the traffic by adjusting the traffic lights to the traffic volume in real time so that everyone gets home as quickly as possible.

In this world, the city automatically adapts to the needs of its inhabitants. As on crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, investments are released by the population within the existing budget. Who needs a mayor when everything can be solved by a decentralized power authority? This scenario could also have numerous implications for Baloise. In intelligent cities, for example, fires could be detected more quickly, traffic paths cleared by green traffic lights and the fire extinguished more quickly. New construction projects could also be blocked less frequently, which would save time and money.

All social trends and the complete explanations can also be found on pages 33 - 52 of the Future of Mobility Trend Report.

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