What Makes Smart Cities Smart
When looking to develop or transform into a smart city, we need to not just address the current challenges the city is facing, but also scale it to its maximum potential.
In general, cities and habitats are posing a dire need to be more connected, more innovative, and more citizen-centric. Technology has played -and will continue to play- a significant role in designing solutions to address the problem statements that citizens and the authorities face. But when looking to develop or transform into a smart city, we need to not just address the current challenges the city is facing, but also scale it to its maximum potential. Keeping the population growth smart transformations attract in mind, that will, in turn, result in infrastructure limitations, congestion, and insufficient power structures. Many governments have already started to gear cities towards being smarter, looking to implement solutions that add value, and modify the city for the collective good.
What makes a city smart?
Smart cities have the ability to create safe and sustainable environments that are centered around the wellbeing of their inhabitants. They can and do achieve that successfully by focusing on accessibility, transportation, improved healthcare, and reduced waste to improve social and economic quality. But they are not all about technology.
While technology plays a vital role, there’s a combination of things that make a city smart. A smart city is a network of data-harnessing touchpoints designed to streamline and automate processes and help in real-time decisions. Solutions thus need to be resilient, and by relying on both history and future trends, cities can identify areas that will be important to municipal planning and development.