The First Smart City in the world is reality

Fujisawa by Panasonic

The technology business around the concept of smart city is very complex and consists of many sectors that influence each other. Thanks to new technologies developed in this field, public authorities can help to maximize the living expenses of the city’s infrastructure and provide greater security inhabitants. During the Panasonic European convention, the company introduced its Smart City Japan, Fujisawa, a city created with latest technologies available.

The Smart City business is increasing and international players like Intel and Qualcomm are working to link to networks and infrastructure management for additional equipment, or NVIDIA, is trying to create a system to connect the car to the city network, so by exchanging information with the other cars and generating a continuous flow of interconnected information. These examples, connected to the smart city concept, are even more related to the development of 5G network, which will enable a faster communication exchange compared to 4G, probably available in Europe in 2020, according to European Commision plans.

In addition, a real city to be considered “smart”, needs several and different technological devices, which is an advantage for technological companies, which can enter this profitable market and specialize from networks to small sensors, useful to detect different values like for example the level of fine dust in the air.

The city of Fujisawa, in Japan, designed and built thanks to Panasonic support, uses all this kind of latest technologies to provide citizens (about 3000 people) with a new level of interaction with government, better safety, reduction of electric energy and even water.

The area is 19 hectares and Panasonic was focused on the basic services like energy, transport, security, health and community recreation areas when the company started planning the project. Panasonic, along with other partners and local authorities, created a totally new housing complex, which goal is to test in small technologies that we will see in the metropolis of the future.

Each house is equipped with solar panels and batteries, which store energy and hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity, all technologies developed directly from Panasonic. The lighting, both inside and outside the home, is made by LEDs. Thanks to these technologies, the CO2 level in the city is less than 70% compared to traditional population centers, with a lower water consumption by 30%. In case of serious problems, Fujisawa has three days of autonomy, thanks to the energy stored in the batteries. In addition, each citizen has access to a portal to check in detail the energy consumption of the houses, in order to optimize their habits.

One of the first cons you come to mind is the privacy. In fact, the whole smart city is monitored by cameras, with operators able to call for assistance in case of accident. At the Panasonic European convention, the company showed that the surveillance system dedicated to public places automatically makes it unrecognizable people’s faces in order to protect people’s privacy, at least until the needs in terms of security does not require that make recognizable.

In conclusion, a smart city, built for a new kind of community, needs a place where people can meet, and this is the reason why Panasonic decided to build a circle square in the middle of Fujisawa, where people can interact each other and participate at the community life, attending at events and community activities.

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