Foot Traffic Patterns
In the next 30 years the world’s cities will add another 2.5 billion people. Such growth will have an impact on the environment, on the city’s infrastructure and very much on the lives of the people who live within them. So, then, how will cities be prepared for such growth? Being able to monitor foot traffic patterns in the city is a good place to start.
In order to help come up with the best application and infrastructure implementation, smart cities must launch the best technologies at a city level. The rapid development of connected technologies is allowing urban centers around the world to transform into smart cities.
Knowing the traffic patterns of their citizens allows local government to better plan services around the city such as public transport. It also allows for planning of better walk ways and a safe environment for those walkers.
Some cities are using the high traffic areas for power generation harvesting the energy and feeding it back into the city grid. This is making the city more efficient and is helping to offset the costs for it’s citizens. It also makes the people in the city feel more connected to the place they live as they are literally powering their city. How cool is that!!
Other cities are using the data collected about foot traffic patterns to better plan new developments to make sure that people can walk to the places they need most. The other benefits of encouraging people to walk more means your community is more likely to be healthier. This has flow on benefits to other area’s in the city such as health care.
The data can also be used to assist local businesses. Government can make sure that the businesses in the area’s are relevant to the customers that walk through that area. This drives better growth and also happier people as what they need is where they need it to be.