Can technology improve the lives of citizens with smart cities?

Since 2012, the Fundación País Digital has been working on Smart Cities issues. This year, it obtained the second triennium of the Santiago Smart City Program, together with Corfo, seeking to consolidate the development of initiatives in Smart Cities and position Santiago as a smart city.

Technologies have turned out to be one of the main allies against the COVID-19 pandemic. In this scenario, Smart Cities acquire a fundamental role, allowing cities to be better prepared for the future.

In this context, Fundación País Digital will continue to work together with Corfo Metropolitano, in the Santiago Smart City Program called ‘Be Santiago’, which seeks to activate and articulate the generation of solutions around mobility, security and the environment for the capital, positioning itself as a national and international benchmark city for being innovative and sustainable.

Álvaro Undurraga, Corfo Metropolitan Regional Director, mentioned that with the Sé Santiago program they seek to advance a project on mobility, the environment, security, and enabling resources, to offer technological tools that favor territorial coordination for citizens.

The development of the city of the 21st century seeks to be a space equipped and endowed with public services and efficient resources that facilitate community life and the economic development of the country. In this second triennium of Fundación País Digital, together with the Corfo Regional Metropolitan Directorate, it seeks to consolidate Santiago by developing initiatives with regional impact.

In this regard, Pelayo Covarrubias, President of Fundación País Digital, stated “that the development of cities according to the future needs of future citizens is essential, especially in a context such as that of the post-pandemic and based on their learning. In recent months (digital laboratory COVID-19) we have seen how the use of data generated by the movement of the city (technological data (cellular), energy data (households), transportation (public and private), water (data change consumption), household consumption (last-mile distribution), etc., are capable of changing people’s lives and guiding the development of a city towards a better quality of life and that is what the concept of Smart Cities points to. To Sé Santiago “we have sought to promote the adoption of new solutions to make the resources and administration of a city more efficient, and together with the authorities, make progress with more urgency in the implementation of new technologies that support a better quality of life,” he added. Covarrubias.

Part of the challenges that both organizations set out to work this season are: fostering relationships with large companies and entrepreneurs, to take advantage of commercial channels and service offerings in Smart Cities; generation of national and international consortiums to develop strategic projects for enabling infrastructures, to have an inclusive and sustainable growth of the territory; and encourage and promote the generation of data-based solutions, to improve the conditions of the people and organizations that inhabit them.

CEO of Fundación País Ditigal giving a conference