How to develop a smart city

To develop a smart city it requires strategic planning, technological infrastructure, and citizen participation.

Nowadays, smart cities have become a global trend in urban planning. A smart city is one that uses advanced technology and data to improve the quality of life of its citizens and the efficiency of its public services.

GK, one of the most solid and innovative groups in the region, with a presence in countries such as Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, has seen the opportunity that this type of project can bring to society. That is why its real estate business division has the Altia Smart Cities in Honduras, which are the first of their kind in Latin America, and are designed for the IT, BPO s and ITO s service industry.

Altia Smart City is a pioneering ecosystem, driven by technology and based on sustainable values, that positively impacts the lives of thousands of people and their communities, while protecting the environment in the long term. According to the GK 2020-2022 Sustainability Report, both smart cities currently generate more than 14,000 formal jobs, which contribute to improving the quality of life of the young population, and also helps to actively integrate them into the honduran society. 

The unique quality of Altia Smart City lies in its structure of six main components:

  • A business and technology park
  • Creative studies
  • University
  • Shopping and lifestyle center
  • World class hotel
  • Residences.

All of this makes for a self-sufficient, green, and resilient landscape that provides executives, clients, and their employees the opportunity to work, live, shop, learn, relax, and be inspired.

Important aspects to consider to develop a smart city

A smart city can be a promising solution to challenges such as climate change, traffic congestion, and the growing demand for public services. To develop it, it is important that some factors are taken into account, such as:

  1. Establish a strategic plan: This plan must include clear goals and objectives, with which it is aligned with the needs of the community. It is also important that they are flexible and adaptable as new challenges and opportunities arise.
  2. Involve stakeholders: Citizens must be involved in the development process and have the opportunity to express their views and needs.
  3. Integrate technology in urban planning: The city must have a high-quality technological infrastructure and the capacity to collect, process and analyze large amounts of data in real time.
  4. Establish performance indicators: These indicators can help evaluate the effectiveness of the different initiatives to maintain continuous improvement.
  5. Environmental commitment plans: Policies and programs must be designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage the use of renewable energy.

What other factors do you think should also be taken into account when developing a smart city?

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