A Day In The Life of a Connected City
Technology is rewiring our global infrastructure, often in ways invisible to the naked eye. Two early adopters building connected cities show us what this means for our routines right now — and how it will shape our collective future.
The amount of electricity savings thanks to sensors that control lighting and other home systems
Connectivity means different things to different people. To one person, it still means a conversation over a cup of coffee, a firm handshake, a spark in one's eye. To another, it means instant messaging with a friend in India while they play the newest video game or Snapchat. Increasingly, meeting "IRL" isn't required to have a connection.
Most of the time, though, connectivity remains at its most powerful when it combines both interpretations — an intersection of the virtual and the physical. In a city, this means tying big data together with the beating heart of cultural identity to create a more efficient, enjoyable and sustainable place to live, work and play.
Take Copenhagen. Its physical location on the trade-route crossroads between the North and Baltic seas has made it a strategic connector for over 900 years. Today the city uses technology to continually innovate the way it connects with its citizens. With a goal of becoming the world's first CO2-neutral capital by 2025, Copenhagen has mastered the art of balancing efficiency with quality and equality, a mash-up that makes it — and all of Denmark — world-famous for a high standard of living.
The percentage of Copenhagen residents who commute by bike every day
On an even more micro level is the city of Aarhus, just three hours west of Copenhagen. Denmark's second-largest city, it was named the European Capital of Culture and the European Region of Gastronomy for 2017 — a pair of distinctions no other city has earned in the same year. It's no surprise that a city so invested in the quality of life of its residents is on the leading edge of the connected cities movement that will soon span the globe.
Here's a glimpse at our connected future — over the course of a single day in these two dynamic cities.