The digital systems are one of the differentiator features of smart cities in comparison with regular cities.


What is a smart city?

A smart city or intelligent cities are a type of urban development with the capacity to respond to its inhabitants and organizations requirements and needs among economic, social and operational level. It maintains sustainability as its main base and it safeguards environmental aspects.


A smart city is a concept which englobes a digital city and it is conceived over the technology of information and communication principles. This entails the implementations of electronic and internet not only in the transport modes but in the whole city. The purpose of a smart city is to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants and facilitate them the necessary tools to make their daily lives easier.


The smartphone would be the best ally for smart cities inhabitants since these cities are designed for enabling that a great part of our daily transactions could be done digitally. A great example of these procedures are buying a coffee through the bank app in our cell phone or scan documents for college enrollment  through the smartphone and send them via email to the admissions office.


Most smartphone users admit that they use more their smartphone and digital systems for tasks which involve the internet than for the telephony basic functions. This not only occurs in a smart city but it is an extended practice.


Some of the features why users rely on smartphones are the GPS, social media, looking for information, online shopping or even online calls through digital systems like WebRTC telephony.

How do these digital systems integrate into a smart city?


Since smart cities have internet connection all along their metropolitan area it is possible to reduce our phone bill through the use of the city WIFI in order to make and receive online calls thanks to the WebRTC telephony.


These digital systems only requires a device connected to the internet what enables leaving the telephone network and its high costs aside by using smart cities’ wifi which is available all the time.  This enables making and receiving calls wherever you are from any device.

Digital systems such as WebRTC telephony provides a new number or on the contrary you can port a number in case you already have one. It is a regular phone number either a landline or cell phone’s phone number, the rest of users whom you may contact won’t notice your call is being handled through the internet or neither which device is being used.


Those situations in which your phone turn off while you are outside because the battery dies are over. They are over because now it is possible to connect from any other smartphone, an ipod, tablet or a laptop in our WebRTC telephony session and this way being available again in our cell phone number.  This is possible because these digital systems don’t require downloading software in devices so you have the flexibility to access your IP phone number platform from any device.

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