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Smart Bus Stops as Interconnected Public Spaces for Increasing Social Inclusiveness and Quality of Life of Elder Users

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Ingeniería Industrial y Aeroespacial, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Villaviciosa de Odón, 28670 Madrid, Spain
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Ciencias y Tecnología de la Información y las Comunicaciones, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Villaviciosa de Odón, 28670 Madrid, Spain
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Diseño, Arquitectura y Construcciones Civiles, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Villaviciosa de Odón, 28670 Madrid, Spain
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Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y de la Comunicación, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Villaviciosa de Odón, 28670 Madrid, Spain
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Smart Cities 2020, 3(2), 430-443; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3020023
Received: 6 May 2020 / Revised: 21 May 2020 / Accepted: 25 May 2020 / Published: 1 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mobility and IoT for the Smart Cities)
As the Smart City concept evolves, it necessarily incorporates more sustainability and inclusiveness features. In this context, the mobility of people is still one of the major challenges for cities. Among the most vulnerable group of citizens are the elderly, as they demand special requirements in the design of smart mobility. At the same time, smart cities’ technologies could be used to maintain their quality of life. From an architectural and sociological point of view, smart cities change the meaning and the use of public spaces, from physical meeting places to relational public spaces, in which humans use interposed technological means and information flows. This leads to the concept of Interconnected Public Spaces: a mixture of physical and virtual environments, generating interconnections at a planetary scale, that can be used to attract elderly people for collectively sharing experiences outdoor in public spaces (parks, squares or bus stops, in any city on our planet), increasing their physical form and stimulating them mentally, socially and emotionally. This paper describes the development of an inclusive smart bus stop prototype and the use of its ICT infrastructure to build Interconnected Public Spaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: Smart Cities; inclusive transport; smart bus stops; mobility systems; interconnected public spaces Smart Cities; inclusive transport; smart bus stops; mobility systems; interconnected public spaces
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Padrón Nápoles, V.M.; Gachet Páez, D.; Esteban Penelas, J.L.; García Pérez, O.; García Santacruz, M.J.; Martín de Pablos, F. Smart Bus Stops as Interconnected Public Spaces for Increasing Social Inclusiveness and Quality of Life of Elder Users. Smart Cities 2020, 3, 430-443. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3020023

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Padrón Nápoles VM, Gachet Páez D, Esteban Penelas JL, García Pérez O, García Santacruz MJ, Martín de Pablos F. Smart Bus Stops as Interconnected Public Spaces for Increasing Social Inclusiveness and Quality of Life of Elder Users. Smart Cities. 2020; 3(2):430-443. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3020023

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Padrón Nápoles, Víctor M., Diego Gachet Páez, José L. Esteban Penelas, Olalla García Pérez, María J. García Santacruz, and Fernando Martín de Pablos. 2020. "Smart Bus Stops as Interconnected Public Spaces for Increasing Social Inclusiveness and Quality of Life of Elder Users" Smart Cities 3, no. 2: 430-443. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities3020023

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