Nowadays, we are suffering from an excess of information. There is a great variety of data available and citizens have improved access to it. In addition, this trend is increasing due to the introduction of digital devices and sensors, which can collect real-time information about local transport, temperature, humidity, air conditions, and geolocation, among many other variables. This is also linked to the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), which refer to any device or system that is able to collect and exchange data in digital form.
There are numerous cities around the world, such as Santander, Aarhus and London, who are taking advantage of these technologies and this urban information in order to improve the quality of life of their citizens. These are also known as ‘smart cities’ and their goal is to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve the urban environment and the relationship between citizens and local authorities.
As part of the OrganiCity project, at Eurob Creative, we have the same vision for improving cities and empowering citizens by taking advantage of urban data and new technologies. More precisely, our experiment Walks in the City (WalkInCT) was conceived with the aim of keeping senior citizens healthy and socially active and making cities and neighbourhoods more lively by reconnecting citizens with their urban environment.
Working in collaboration with the seniors’ association ‘Eulalio Ferrer’ in Santander, we are accomplishing this objective using our mobile application ‘InCity Together’ and an activity wristband. Senior citizens are participating in the experiment and improving their physical activity and social life due to the data they are obtaining about their physical activity, walking routes in the city, places of interest, cultural events and other leisure activities.
Our service offers the following information and functionalities:
In conclusion, we believe that smart city strategies will make a positive impact in our daily life by taking advantage of data from infrastructures and citizens and making it useful and applicable in different ways. But in order to make it happen, it is important to promote projects such as OrganiCity, in order to foster collaboration among citizens, local authorities, companies and technology providers.