Universities today, Smart Cities tomorrow

Andrea Sorri

Not only are public-private partnerships necessary for a Smart City, universities can also turn into a key factor for the development of innovative projects and improvement in the quality of life. Universities can bring great benefits to the entire process, as proving grounds for Smart Cities innovation and as places where students can offer their own ideas, and work on them to contribute in making cities smarter. Hence, this synergy between city institutions, corporate players and academic entities can really provide opportunities for the whole Smart City system.

Around the world there are a lot of best practices to take as an example of successful public-private partnerships. For instance, the University of Adelaide’s Australian Smart Cities Consortium develops projects in cooperation with experts from universities, local governments and companies in order to improve the quality of life for its citizens.

Another remarkable innovation platform is Amsterdam Smart City, a project led by citizens, companies and institutions collaborating to provide solutions to improve and solve everyday issues, focusing on main topics such as energy management, digital transformation, and mobility.

One more virtuous case is represented by Bologna Smart City project which sees municipality, university and Aster consortium working together to create a context capable of facing future challenges in crucial sectors for the community, like safe neighborhoods, sustainable mobility, cultural heritage, health, and education.

Driven by the same spirit of shared knowledge and collaboration, Axis Communication recently launched Axis Developer Community, a place where all developers can join for free and find a wide array of tools to integrate Axis devices into software applications, as well as develop applications that run on Axis products’ platforms. A new community online where developers can actively participate and contribute to the success of Smart City development, by creating software solutions for different use cases alongside other fellow members.

For example, Smart city programs and public-private partnerships often generate a volume of open data, which members of the developer community could use to develop new smart city applications connecting the data with cameras. In this context, we can view the use of cameras from two perspectives: on one hand, cameras can provide real time and granular insights that can enrich open data information; on the other, open data based dashboards can be enriched by visual information from smart cameras.

It will be interesting to keep an eye out for any new applications that come from the inspiration of this developer community.

Learn more information about the Axis Developer Community and how to join.

Axis Developer Community