Smart Cities

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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:

  • Enhance performance

  • 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:

  • Telecommunications

  • Transport

  • Energy consumption

  • Health care

  • Safety and Security

  • Water and waste


What are the Drivers

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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

  • Population explosion

  • 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

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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

 

Commercialisation

  • 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

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