BEIA Consult participated with an article about Citisim project in Smart Cities International Conference
BEIA Consult participated with the article “The future of bioenergy as a component of smart cities” in Smart Cities International Conference 2019 on December 5 in Bucharest, Romania. At the conference have been approached a lot of topics relevant to the concept of Smart City. BEIA’s presentation was about the CitiSim project and about green energy as an alternative for nowadays energy resources that can solve a lot of problems from our society. Currently, problems generated by the old energy resources (fuels, gas) are military wars (for example in the Middle East), diplomatic wars (for example gas war in Europe), climate change caused by global warming due to the pollution level caused by fuels consumption. Fuels are called “strategic resources” today because they become a part of the political strategies that states use to apply the post ColdWar form global domination called Soft power. Another problem is that oil and gas are limited resources and non-renewable, but global consumption is growing and we need more and more oil and gas. So, people need a better alternative. In this article, BEIA Consult presented the green energy as the future resource, what we will use to obtain energy without any conflict generated by an unequal distribution on the Earth, less pollution and moreover, green energy is coming from the sun, wind, force of water, ethanol extracted from plants, etc and anyone can access it. The problem is that is not cost-effective yet because of the storage methods that are not efficient in all the cases. Batteries are too expensive due to the elements that interact with lithium in order to store the energy. It can be said that the next global resource is lithium because is the most important element used in those batteries. Moreover, the mass consumption of green energy may be an important step made by humanity in making our cities smarter.
Other presentations from the conference had different topics like gamification, Bucharest as a smart city, what a smart city means, the importance of technology, the IoT industry in a smart city, the social problems that must be solved before talking about a Smart City.
Gamification was presented with pros and cons. It Increases Student Engagement, Creates Enthusiasm, Makes Social Connections, Cost, Decreases Student Attention. While the topic of gamified learning has been around for years, it is just now hitting its stride in higher education. There are many opportunities for new and exciting games that will help us increase student engagement in our seated and online classrooms.
The concept of a smart city goes beyond the relation between citizens and public service providers. It offers tools that encourage citizens to be more active and participatory in community life. For example, to provide feedback on the state of the roads, to adopt a healthier lifestyle or to participate, as volunteers in various social activities. In this way, a Smart City will be a more attractive place to live, work and recreate. Moreover, a Smart City is more than that. It is about technology advancement and people must be ready to let technology in improving our societies.
Smart City is rather an ongoing process that will help the citizens. It aims to transform each city into a community with a high standard of living from all points of view.