Digital Cities

Digital Cities

Digital for the benefit of European citizens

By 2050, the global urban population will increase by 75% to 6.3 billion (i.e. two thirds of the world population). The challenge of developing and maintaining attractive, inclusive and safe urban environments needs to be met on multiple fronts. Stakeholders are local governments, city service providers, industry, and the citizens. Mobility as a service integrates public, private, peer-to-peer, conventional, clean, or autonomous transportation means. It will benefit from the increasing will of citizens to participate in the sharing economy.

Besides their traditional role, cities are increasingly organising and exposing data, especially in real time. City data along with analytics and machine learning improves engagement and inclusiveness of the citizens and of the visitors. Augmented and virtual reality of the city are another facet of exposing or simulating city data from the past, present or future.

A key factor for the attractiveness of a city is the safety of its citizens and visitors: safety of the city and its general resilience to unplannable natural events (e.g. heavy weather) or man-made events (e.g. terrorist attacks).

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