City Points (citizen reward points for their contribution to maintain a smart city)

We all know that Shenzhen and Northern China, in general, is already on a next level when it comes to urban planning, smart cities, blockchain, IoT networks, and machine autonomy powered by sophisticated AI.

In fact, Shenzhen has taken technological advancement so far that if you're trying to trespass a road, facial recognition software established in every traffic light will recognize you and send you an sms with your fine to pay. No traffic police, no conversations, no human interference at all. 

If you're insisting on trespassing and/or disobey the advanced system in other ways, your digital profile gets "damaged" and in some cases, you lose social abilities, like the ability to vote, or even get a house loan. 

I won't say that this is good or bad, it is necessary. But, we could find a better arrangement of how to introduce technological advancement to the common public. So in this case, before asking people to pay fines to the machinery, we first must let the machinery to reward people for their contribution to the city and its standards. 

An example discussed recently with an ex Ethereum developer, is rewarding people for recycling. Many countries already reward citizens for recycling plastic, glass bottles and other trash.

What if we establish a standard European protocol, where EU member counties should use smart recycling bins, with IoT connectivity, being able to tell who is throwing away what, and in what quantity, and reward him accordingly. At the same time, the bin will be able to store data and sense its storage capabilities, interfering with the respective recycling agency to ensure maximum efficiency. For example, recycling trucks wouldn't have to visit the bins every day, but instead, should visit only bins that are nearly full, as their monitored by the IoT network. 

Other use-cases could include air pollution levels depending on the car model, house energy plan a citizen uses etc. If you're updated, you get a reward, if you're damaging the environment because you're stuck in your '82 Mazda or your oil-powered heating system, you not only won't be rewarded but in extreme cases, you should be fined. 

Note that this has nothing to do with UBI, but it is strictly meant to be a "reward" and not an income. 

With City Points, an EU citizen could buy food, groceries, and other basic materials. The citizen could use the points in exchange for a trip to another EU country and even be able to spend his City Points there. So if I am stuck in Amsterdam for a day, I could use my city points gathered from Thessaloniki to buy a cup of coffee and some breakfast while I am waiting for the plane. 

City Points won't be legitimate to use as a currency, neither you could buy a house or a car with CP, no matter how many points you have. 

Would love to hear from you and discuss this topic. 

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Inviato da Fie Hørbye Jacobsen il Ven, 27/07/2018 - 15:45

Dear Vladimiros Peilivanidis

Thank you for submitting your idea to us.

The Smart Cities agenda is also a priority for the European Commission, and there are many interesting smart city projects around Europe. Please have a look here for more information.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of many technologies that can be used to optimise the way cities function.  Smart recycling bins with IoT connectivity, is indeed one solution. This has already been implemented on public waste bins in cities around Europe. For example, the Portuguese smart city, Cascais, has introduced sensors to track optimum fill level of more than 400 underground recycling bins, allowing the city to optimize routes for garbage collection trucks. The waste management system alone is expected to save the city nearly €900,000 yearly. Have a look at this website for more information.

However, introducing such a system on private waste bins is another matter. This would most probably not be in alignment with the General Data Protection Regulation – unless it includes a process for giving consent.

Many countries use the tax as an instrument to influence or “reward” the citizens to make more sustainable choices, for example by tax on polluting cars and fuels or tax deduction for renovating houses to become energy efficient.  In 2016, the total environmental tax revenue in the EU-28 amounted to EUR 364.4 billion; this figure represents 2.4 % of the EU-28 GDP. Eurostat has made a report which gives an overview of environmental taxes in the European Union. You can find it here.

Isn’t this a more effective instrument for rewarding the citizens instead of introducing “City Points”? 

Thank you once again,

Best regards,

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Inviato da Vladimiros Pei… il Mer, 01/08/2018 - 11:46

Thank you for the reply Fie. 

Indeed, tax deduction is always a significant bonus, but it is not something that people can hold on to or actively use it in social interactions. The whole concept of points is to give citizens more reasons or hyper-motivation to be active in maintaining the ecosystem. Tax deduction will never be able to convince everyone to help, as people take it for granted, and something that doesn't affect them on an immediate scale, while points give them the illusion of control, choice, and personalization. 


I would like to ask if you ever engaged in a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Video-game experience before I posit a respective analogical example. 

Also, none of the links works for me :/ Maybe wrong or personalized URL? please share public URL (if the posts are public)

Thank you for the intel exchange.


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Inviato da Omar Al-Ani il Lun, 16/12/2019 - 20:01

Dear Fie,

the link to the Eurostat report seems to be dead. Any new link available? Many thanks.