Planet Smart City, how smart cities work

The smart city is not an invention of the future, it already exists and is labeled Planet Smart City. With thousands of homes around the world, Planet Smart City works on large-scale projects. “Our goal is theaffordable housing He tells us Alessandro Marchesini, Chief Digital Strategy Officer of proptech. And it is precisely with this spirit that it was founded in 2015 by Giovanni Savio and Susanna Marchionni, experts in the real estate sector. From India, to Brazil, to the United States, to Italy: the company’s goal is precisely to build smart homes that are accessible to all, operating in countries with a high housing deficit, to also allow people with a lower income to get the best services for live well.

Avant-garde but also inclusive cities

“Digital is only one part of technology. The technology can also be applied totown planning and to the social fabric – explains Marchesini. – For us, a project, a district, a city is smart when it manages to respond to six fundamental criteria: three linked to the human factor, three to the technological one.” In fact, an intelligent city must not only be attractive from an urban point of view, but must also be inclusive and cutting-edge in terms of technology, and above all it must think about health and well-being of the person.

Technology for the home and for the neighbourhood

But how exactly does it work? From a single house to an entire neighborhood, a smart city is a technological city, designed to put its inhabitant at the centre. Each house uses alarm systems, video surveillance, fiber optics and home automation. Alessandro Marchesini tells us some concrete examples: “In terms of housing, solutions can be created that allow an appliance to understand when is the best time to operate with respect to an overload of the energy network, or simpler things such as lowering the shutters automatically. But at the level of buildingat the district level you can reach a level of intelligence of technology much higher.”

Smart and sustainable neighborhoods

The smart neighborhood is structured with several homes that all revolve around common spaces: parks, areas dedicated to sports, urban gardens, libraries, cinemas and coworking areas. Solutions that allow you to increase services to the community, through even more practices environmentally sustainable. Through the dedicated application, Planet Appin fact, the inhabitant can monitor the trend of consumption over time, in order to save and optimize resources. But an intelligent city also aims to be sustainable at the district level: through, for example, the regulation of neighborhood lighting, the creation of cycle paths, better management of separate waste collection and the reduction of waste. “Our smart solutions in particular – and those of a programmatic and efficient smart city in general – put the citizen in the center and they are all solutions that help both the quality of life and connectivity at the community level – explains Marchesini. On the one hand they therefore improve the community in which they are introduced and on the other they have a positive environmental impact or in any case less negative than traditional solutions.”

The sense of community

“Starting from the citizen-centric vision, the smart city of the future will be able to globally standardize both the technology protocols and the level of collaboration between public and private – explains Marchesini. On the one hand, the public sector will realize that smart cities are the only possible solution to the problems of environmental impact and urbanization that the mega city modern. And on the other hand, the private sector will understand that technology must be studied with reference to the citizen and that collaboration with the public is essential.” Environment, architecture, technology, community. Smart cities are built to be urbanly attractive, innovative, interconnected and sustainable. But the keyword for every smart city is one: community, concludes Marchesini: “Digital technologies themselves can be used to recreate this local social fabric and a sense of community and belonging, recreating trust between neighbors, between inhabitants of the same neighborhood and a sense of belonging that today was about to be lost and that technology is somehow bringing back.”