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What is a Smart City?

A smart city can mean one or more of the following:
* As a resource optimization objective, it is to know and manage a city's resources using data.
* As a caring objective, it is about improving the standard of life of citizens with health, safety, etc indices, and programs.
* As a vitality objective, it is about generating employment and doing sustainable growth.


Why do we need cities to be smart?

A major problem faced by global citizens today is sustainability and improvement of quality of life despite over-population and limited resources. As the world’s population increases and puts increasing demands on the planet’s limited resources due to shifting life-styles, we not only need to monitor how we consume resources but also to optimize resource usage. Some examples of the planet’s limited resources are water, energy, land, food, and air. Today, significant challenges exist for reducing the usage of these resources, while maintaining the quality of life. The growth of the human population has now shifted towards cities and that is why we need them to be smart.


What technical disciplines are involved in a Smart City?

Although it is very hard to list all that is clear is that the field will be multidisciplinary. There will be data storage and analysis, so Computer Science is necessary. City planning is needed and hence urban planning is necessary. If sensors are needed, related disciplines of engineering (electrical, instrumentation, telecommunication, ...) are necessary. Since there has to be actual construction, civil is necessary.


How should a city start for becoming a Smart City?

Step 1, it should start by collecting data about all its efforts to know the as-is.
Then as Step 2, it should set metrics of what it wants to aspire for (the to-be) along with the constraints of the time frame and budget available.
As Step 3, it should pick 1-2 small projects and achieve its defined goals. This may lead to changes to the city's standard operating procedures and IT practices, especially data management, and thus, needs to settle down.
Then as Step 4, it should scale to all the city's procedures. Finally, as step 5, it should review its experience and start from Step 2 again.


When is a smart city effective?

Smart Cities are effective when it has a positive impact on society. To get an impact you need to do the following:
* Have a clear strategy.
* Ensure good leadership for designing and implementing your concept.
* Have solid business cases with a clear objective and KPI’s.
* Focus first on projects that are useful across different sectors.
* Engage all your stakeholders.
* Map which resources and skills are needed before you start any pilots or living labs.


What makes smart cities successful.

Addition to people, dwellings, commerce, and traditional urban infrastructure, there are four essential elements necessary for thriving smart cities:
1. Pervasive wireless connectivity
2. Open data
3. Security you can trust in
4. Flexible monetization schemes.


Why do smart cities matter?

The world is becoming more urbanized, and by 2050, more than 60% of the world's population is expected to live in cities. Making these cities better places to live is essential to the quality of life by making them more sustainable and efficient with streamlined services.


Who do smart cities affect?

Smart cities affect everyone, whether directly or indirectly. People who live in smart cities or who are visiting smart cities have the immediate benefit of being connected to the governing body for information and services. The quality of their lives can be improved with better traffic management, waste removal, snow removal, and more. Those who don't live or visit a smart city are affected simply because of the lack of connected services and communication available to them.


What does a smart city do?

Oftentimes, a mobile app is provided to give immediate access to data, communication channels, and more so that people can do everything from avoiding traffic jams to finding a parking spot, and reporting a pothole or an overflowing dumpster.

Last Updated: 05-11-2020 05:30 PM Updated By: Admin

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