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Are smart applications the future of communication?

A part of smart cities is also the Internet of Things (IOT), through which billions of things will be connected to the Internet over the next few years. These "things" can be anything, such as buildings, water supply, street lights ... IoT brings increased level of automation and cost savings for cities all around the world. Smart devices enable us to stay connected to the Internet 24/7, which is why the use of Internet is rising sharply every year.

Do you keep track of how much time per day you spend in front of electronic devices connected to the Internet and Web-browsers? According to the research from early 2013 the average European Internet user monthly devotes 27 hours to Internet browsing. But despite all the tools dedicated to work and education, the internet is still mainly used for entertainment, reading the news and small ads, shopping, movies and music. What if a part of the time that you spend on the Internet for entertainment was devoted to improving the quality of the living environment in your town and municipality? For example, if instead of browsing through social networks, you would browse among the development projects of your city and news from municipality, and instead of “liking” Facebook posts and commenting on them, you would “like” the content of the planned development projects of your city or municipality? Instead of sharing your ideas on the city development only with a neighbor over coffee, you could propose a project or an easy, quick, or even better solution of the planned project site to the city administration. How would you feel if you could thereby promote the local economy, connect with local businesses and with that create two-way communication?

It sounds simple and easy. And so it is. Our application Smart Voice allows all of the above in a simple way. According to a survey by the European Commission the greatest obstacle of effective e-government services lies particularly in their complexity and opacity, which often prevents people to use them. We know that the human population has to be prepared for the major technological changes that are unavoidable and, firstly, have to understand them. If you want to test our solutions or learn more, please reply to this mail/blog and we will contact you.

Using technology to participate in the city management procedures brings many benefits: lower costs, greater flexibility, and simplified administrative procedures. Cities should be aware that adequately informed residents who wish to participate in decision-making, are the significant added value of the city. Such residents contribute new and innovative ideas and report problems. City that knows the wishes of its people, can make better decisions and more effectively allocate investment funds and carry out relevant projects. Therefore, investing in the process of building and strengthening mutual confidence and investing in appropriate technology tools should not be seen as a cost but as an investment in a better future.

Many smart ideas on how to improve communication with the general population with the help of smart technologies already exists. Many tools were approved by both sides involved, but it is the most important that one and the other begin to use them. Everyone agrees that the idea of smart cities is certainly important and it is not just a trend in an era when younger generations are replacing traditional media with smartphones. However in introducing the system and construction of “smart cities” we are, unfortunately, often still at the beginning. Technology is advancing rapidly and smart cities with support system can be “build” soon, we just need to change our perspective from observation into action. Therefore the real challenge of smart cities really lies in acceptance of smart lifestyle/smart city and a new perspective on communication.

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