The idea of Smart Cities has been widely discussed for some time, and puts technology as the main catalyst for the advancement of cities, in search of improving processes and the quality of life of citizens.
The Internet of Things, our favorite topic, is all about Smart Cities, so we want to talk more about it here today. However, let’s go further: we want to talk about the Sensitive City, have you ever heard about it?
The “Sensitive City”
This is a concept that could be highlighted during this pandemic that we are experiencing – as this period has changed our daily lives a lot, in relation to work and personal life, the tendency is for the habits to be maintained even when the entire population is immunized. For example, remote working is probably here to stay. Many companies are already thinking of implementing hybrid schemes, with in-person workdays and remote workdays. This will interfere with how we move around, how we occupy offices or coworking spaces, and even how we shop.
While the smart city focuses a lot on the issue of technology, the sensitive city uses technology as an enabler of advances in human life. The goal here is to make our day-to-day easier and more practical, placing us as a catalyst for change, which, together with the government, organized society and the ecosystem of companies, will be able to put technology working in our favor.
As in smart cities, experimentation is also very important in sensitive cities, since there are no ready-made recipes for every type of scenario that we will face. The more project initiatives we have, the more base and structure we will have to innovate. That’s why companies need to keep an eye on processes that can be optimized with technology – especially with IoT.
IoT and the pandemic
As an example, this concept of sensitive cities is easier to understand if we think about the return-to-office plans – which we have already mentioned here and also in this blog post. For the days when professionals must work in-person, for example, very strict security protocols will be needed, and if we put people at the center of this journey, processes of access control, safe mobility, and cleanliness of spaces need to be rethought. And of course, technology can help.
Thinking about a complete cycle of this journey, we can start with access control. Imagine that, before going to the office, every employee will need to undergo an anamnesis – a consultation conducted remotely and focused on identifying symptoms that may indicate Covid.
Once you are free to go, the commuting can be done through micro-mobility services, shared electric vehicles, or even scaled and sanitized public transportation, and, if possible, in real time with occupancy and air quality sensors, which could indicate a latent need for heavier cleaning, for example.
Still on commuting, the professional can log into a system to make a reservation to a physical position in the office. When he arrives at the site, he will have to undergo some small tests, all, of course, automated by IoT: temperature verification, identification of mask use (by facial recognition) and hand sterilization with alcohol. All this to reduce the risk of contagion. And with what? Technology.
Moving forward with this concept, making smart cities more responsive to the real demands of the population is something that excites us.
We’ll still see a lot of news about sensitive cities. If there is something we are learning, it is that we need to be prepared for adverse situations and technology is certainly one of the best tools for that.