Can there be a smart city without smart mobility? October 18th, 2018

Can there be a smart city without smart mobility?

Dr. Susana Val, the Director of Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Global Scale, explains that you cannot have a smart city without the smart mobility trait. Smart mobility is the concept of improving transportation infrastructure. This concept is not only limited to the citizens but also expands to the transportation of goods in a smart, integrated way.

Susana has participated as guest speaker in the MVP Europe event that BlueStar has recently run at Edinburgh.

With the integration of bus, metro, bikes, and citizens, cities are able to collect real time information regarding transportation. This integration can result in a perfect ecosystem where citizens will be able to choose the most optimal way of transport. This will also result to the collection of valuable information for logistics operators who can better plan the deliveries for both short and long term.

ZLC, in partnership with MIT, decided to look into smart mobility and how it can benefit logistics and supply chain. An example is an urban restructuring project that took place in Zaragoza, where there were several transportation and road changes. These changes generated a lot of complaints from the logistics operators, as they were facing various problems, including increased delivery times and costs. As a result, ZLC designed a project to solve these issues and integrated smart mobility, as part of the smart city concept of Zaragoza. The adoption of the smart mobility concept resulted in the reduction of operating costs in Urban Freight Logistics, reduction of environmental impact, and the reduction of accidents and improved quality of life for citizens.

After various projects of the Zaragoza Logistics Center in partnership with the MIT around the world, Dr.Susana Val, summarizes the valuable influences that smart cities have on supply chain workforce:

  1. Tasks are becoming less manual.
  2. Workers will need to read an interpret large amount of data.
  3. Workers will need to be engaged with software and planning tools.
  4. There will be new jobs in the field of data and information infrastructure, procurement and transportation professionals.

Want to learn more about the impact of smart cities on supply chain? Click here to watch the entire presentation of Dr.Susana Val, Director of ZLC, and learn how other cities have adopted the smart mobility concept.


Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation. Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.