More than 50 percent of the earth’s population lives in cities with the hope of a better and sustainable life. This figure is expected to grow to 70 percent by 2050. However, with the explosion of population in the cities, new challenges like poverty, traffic gridlock, and economic development have been surfacing. Hence, the concept of smart cities has come forth.
By unlocking the power of digitization and technology, we can make our cities more sustainable and functional. As cities witness monetary transactions in bulk, making payment methods modernized and smart is an important consideration. Digitization of payment methods will pave ways for improved efficiency and transparency and increased possibilities of growth and development. Making the payment ecosystem digitized is not only good for administrations that deal with financial innovations, but for the entire system.
The ease of interoperability is one of the most sought-after benefits of integrating digital payment methods in smart cities. It will also make our cities more spontaneous and efficient. For instance, there are a number of cities that lack proper and integrated public transport structures which makes commuting difficult for the many people. In this regard, integrated public transport plays an important role. It will not only encourage more and more residents to use public transport, but also help with fighting pollution.
Similarly, integrated digital payment allows smart cities to go ahead with smarter management, accountability, and proper planning. Moreover, decreased dependability on cash leads to increased security and competence. Although the digital payment ecosystem is very important for the core infrastructure of the smart cities, there are many external and internal challenges that need to be conquered in the first place.