The concept of smart cities not only implies mobility issues, it implies attraction of human talent, economy, social cohesion and others.
Mexico has cities within the circle of metropolises that, due to their characteristics, have the potential to be intelligent or Smart Cities such as Mexico City, Veracruz, Querétaro, Puebla, Benito Juárez; in Quintana Roo; Mérida, Ciudad Juárez, Torreón, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí, examples that are multiplying in the country and in Latin America, revealed Newmark Knight Frank.
According to a study by the international real estate consultancy, called Global Cities, these localities have greater technological development and an avalanche of innovation , despite the fact that the health crisis brought new requirements of the cities in Mexico to the table for become smart, with a greater number of connectivity services for a greater number of inhabitants.
The requirements of what it means to be a smart city are determined by various factors ranging from mobility, technological infrastructures, energy, transportation, urban planning, and efficient use of resources.
In general, the study indicated that they will be flexible cities that do not depend on machinery or goods, but on people, so they indicate that they must have several mixed-use developments, with homes for millennials, that is, accessible and friendly spaces with the environment in the center of the city and to accelerate the recycling of old industrial sites as mixed-use districts; buildings with characteristics towards health and well-being.
Global Cities, these towns have greater technological development and an avalanche of innovation. Photo: (Special) “The pandemic taught us how quickly a virus can affect the world economy and society. There are many lessons that we have learned, but for the real estate markets it becomes fundamental and it is a challenge to adapt the properties already built to the new times “, he refers. “In the same way, future developments will have to consider, within the construction costs, elements that guarantee the health of the occupants and have more data on the needs of the population to create a greater number of smart cities”, added the Market Research Specialists from Newmark Knight Frank. At a global level, he indicated, more than 60 percent of the world’s inhabitants have smartphones, tablets, and connections via Wi-Fi, and now with the 5G network, a new era of information dissemination is expected, increasing the ability to work mobile.
It is estimated that 4 billion people live in cities and the forecast is that the population concentrated in the world’s great metropolises will increase up to 13 percent by 2050, that is, 68 percent of the world’s inhabitants will live in urban areas. “The concept of smart cities not only implies mobility issues, it implies the attraction of human talent, the economy, social cohesion, and others. I believe that each city that wants to adopt a smart city model has to make a plan for 2025, 2030, or 2050, “says the consultant. “If we want to create real cities that are managed under these concepts, it is essential to take into account a series of elements for the improvement of cities, to generate parameters that allow us to create an environment that benefits the future,” he concluded.