Mobile apps can change everything
Laura Concha Salor from Madrid says she got some great ideas while over in China on the Huawei Seeds for the Future scholarship. Now she wants to see them applied to her home city.
Seeds for the Future allowed me to get to know another culture that’s completely different to mine. But I was also impressed by the great ideas they are developing every day with respect to new technologies.
I believe that the main purpose of ICT is to make our lives better and easier. In China, for example, you have a bicycle service which, to use, you just need to scan a WeChat code, take the bike, then leave it anywhere.
Such a system would be perfect in my city, Madrid, because of the immense amount of traffic we have. Anything to avoid jams and improve the general traffic situation!
Scan from phones to enter the metro
It would also be better in Madrid if we, as in China, could use a mobile app to pay on public transport, avoiding the use of unnecessary cards, making buses and the metro quicker and more efficient.
Another thing I saw in China that would help are Points-of-Sale that can detect counterfeit credit cards. Like any big world city, Madrid is full of fake and stolen ones.
Then when I look at agriculture, autonomous drones could be very useful in keeping an eye on harvests. An alert message could be sent to an app on the farmer’s phone, showing the changes in the harvest in real time. The drone could also be designed to detect the exact amount of water needed to irrigate the crop without the farmer having to inspect a crop potentially several kilometres away.
Cloud-based lessons mean lighter schoolbags
Then in education, it is evident that using tablets and electronic material is a big advantage, since all lessons can be uploaded to the cloud. These resources could be accessed from anywhere in the world, lots of files could be shared in a matter of seconds. We wouldn’t need to carry so many books, which can harm children physically due to their weight.
Looking to the future, I am sure that Madrid will become a Smart City. Smart cities are the result of an urgent need to orient our life towards sustainability. They use innovation and technology to reduce energy consumption, for example. I see Madrid, in a few years’ time, taking on board many improvements in the many different aspects of our lives.
ICT is the future and I reckon that the implementation of new smart and autonomous devices will help us considerably to manage our daily lives. Together, we can all work to build a better connected world.
Laura Concha Salor (21 years old) studies Telecommunication Technologies Engineering at the University Carlos III of Madrid.