“Smart City” is defined as a context in which man fulfills needs which have become of basic importance in contemporary social life: communicate, access and share content without limitation, wherever one is, at any time, by any means at one's disposal. It is therefore evident that the availability of an ultra-broadband infrastructure - in which fixed communication technologies (FTTH) and mobile ones (LTE) achieve a high degree of convergence - is the key enabler to the construction of the smart city.

The areas that will be affected by the spreading of this city model are many:

  • intelligent transport, i.e. no transport, namely the use of new, sustainable means of transportation only when there is a pressing need to travel, since one will be able to carry out most of his/her daily activities at home
  • teleworking, which, being based on the concept of intelligent transportation, allows citizens to make the best use of their time, while providing companies with an actual opportunity to obtain significant reductions in operational costs
  • e-Government, i.e. the possibility to access and obtain documents and legally valid certificates via computer tools
  • e-Health, namely the monitoring of patients at a distance (remote monitoring), in this way reducing the number of hospital admissions and hospital visits
  • e-Learning, or education at a distance

The development of smart cities provides benefits such as an increased quality of life and widespread social welfare.

From a technological point of view, what makes a city "smart" is the combined use of software systems, server infrastructure, broadband and client terminals network infrastructure, in order to better connect houses, offices, transportation and utilities. In other words, this involves ever more widespread intelligence, and networks becoming ever smarter and converged. The cell phone becomes, if not the only, the main gateway to new value-added services. Actually, it is no longer just a phone, but a powerful tool to communicate, access and share without limits: the terminal and the enabler of most of the individual's daily activities. Items will be placed in the great network and they'll communicate with each other and with people, to communicate information. Smart metering systems will improve the efficiency of buildings, contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions. Even motor vehicles will become smart and will be connected through a network of operational centers for automatic traffic control.

From a strategic point of view, innovation stakeholders should implement long-term strategic thinking, cooperating and planning growth. The evolution towards a "smart" society requires a major change in the way we do business. A new concept of business leadership is established: it is focused on corporate social responsibility and on a "smart cooperative approach" rather than on competition. In turn, governments will play an important role in the creation of new demand areas, in supporting individuals so that they can actually access those areas, and in promoting a strategic vision developed jointly by governments, businesses and society.

Projects

  • (Intelligent Mobile Utility for Luggage Entrusting)