Article by Chris Penrose, president of Internet of Things Solutions at AT&T
Imagine a city where a person in a wheelchair can chart a route to the local park using curb cuts and avoiding barriers. She can then connect to the park’s Wi-Fi, receive upcoming events notifications, and take e-lessons about the trees and flowers in bloom.
These aren’t pipe dreams. They are smart city solutions in action – aspiring to use technology to put people first. And the sooner we can realise these aspirations, the better. The BSR Calculation based on U.S. Census Bureau, 2014 showed that in the top 100 metropolitan areas of the United States, nearly 25 percent of citizens are over the age of 65 or living with disabilities. The Internet of Things (IoT) can help advance more inclusive, accessible cities so our ageing population can enjoy a better quality of life.
There are four keys to unlocking smart cities to advance more equitable and positive outcomes for people who are ageing and people living with disabilities.
From the private and public sectors to civil organisations, community groups and social entrepreneurs – we all play a vital role in advancing an inclusive vision for smart cities. By integrating aging and accessibility considerations from the ground up, we can build more inclusive cities that allow us all to connect to good.