Empty plazas, empty shops, empty subways: In the Corona pandemic, the infrastructure in cities around the world is showing a strange picture. And it shows that nowhere else is it as difficult to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between people as in cities to which people are still attracted. Corona could therefore become a major new challenge for urban planners and add a key aspect to the mega-issue of the smart city.
Smart City important for social distancing
The crisis shows how important digital technologies of the Smart City are for social distancing, writes Frank Friesecke in his current article “Stadtplanung und Raumentwicklung in Zeiten vor und nach Corona” (zfv 3/2020). For European cities there is a great need to catch up when it comes to linking digitisation strategies with responsible urban development.
Which data of a Smart City may be used in the event of a pandemic?
There are also legal questions of personal rights to be resolved – which data collected in a Smart City may be used to counter the pandemic. This is a remarkable question, since a Smart City also uses data collected for less relevant areas than disease control. The German EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020 should be used to discuss pandemic-compatible urban planning and provide important impulses, demands Friesecke.
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