What is a Smart City
Smart economy | Smart mobility | Smart environment
Smart people | Smart living | Smart governance
A smart city is one that uses digital technologies to:
Reduce cost and resource consumption
Engage more effectively and actively with its residents, visitors and business owners to improve the City experience and where applicable ‘well being.’
A city which:
Provides the basis for an individual to stay connected and stay ‘informed’ based on what information they wish to receive or interact with from within the home right to the place of work.
Proactively and predictively monitors the systems and services on a 24/7 basis to able to react promptly to minimise or eliminate disruption to the residents, visitors and business owners.
Enables the gathering, management and processing of data in a manner which is productive and beneficial to all concerned and providing a reliable communications platform for this purpose.
Key elements include:
Safety and Security
Water and waste
What are the Drivers
Growth in World urbanisation
(total population expected to double by 2050)
Half of the population of Asia will be living in cities by 2020
Half of the population of Africa will be living in cities by 2035
Population in cities is expected to grow from 3.6 Billion to 6.3 Billion by 2050.
Over 50% of urbanization involves cities of less that 500K people
The challenges we face
High cost of living
Rising levels of pollution
Increased crime rates
Massive investment in infrastructure requirements
Exponential growth of data
Demand for online/connected services
Potential cultural clashes
Smart City Evolution
A connected self-aware environment that includes but is not limited to weather changes, traffic control, crowd sourcing strategies and medical alerts.
Smart City strategies are a major challenge for the future of urban planning. No longer only a marketing concept, they are a reality and an obligation in the face of today’s new high political stakes brought about by population growth, increasing traffic, resource scarcity, security needs and many more contemporary considerations.
The challenges we face drive the demand for intelligent, sustainable environments that reduce environmental impact and offer citizens a high quality life. Smart Cities is considered a way of dealing with the challenges to be faced
Key Topics for Planning and Discussion
Some key topic areas for consideration include:
Digital city infrastructures (water, gas, energy, environment, waste, road and traffic management, etc.)
Smart Grids included the integration of new energies and energy efficiency
Smart buildings (lighting, parking, energy efficiency, waste management, etc.)
Connected city (high speed broadband, private/public Wi-Fi, sensors, internet of things, 4G and 5G, etc.)
Intelligent transport and urban mobility
e-Administration and the modernisation of the local government
Environment and quality of life
Data (Open Data, Big Data) including ownership, access, volume, security and privacy …
Data privacy for citizens and the security of systems
Safety and security systems
Large IT and telecommunication companies such as Cisco, IBM, and Microsoft have developed new solutions and initiatives for intelligent cities
Cisco, launched the Global Intelligent Urbanization initiative to help cities around the world using the network as the fourth utility for integrated city management, better quality of life for citizens, and economic development.
IBM announced its SmarterCities to stimulate economic growth and quality of life in cities and metropolitan areas with the activation of new approaches of thinking and acting in the urban eco system