The Smart Cities on the Smartcoast

What is a Smart City?

The Smart City can be defined as the integration of data and digital technologies into a strategic approach to sustainability, citizen well being, and economic development.

A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently.

A smart city is a municipality that uses information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.

Smart cities are more than a trend—they're the wave of the future because the world is becoming more urban, with 60% of the population expected to live in cities by 2050.

Smart cities have recently evolved from a collection of discrete flagship projects to a sizable market opportunity that will drive significant technology investments in 2018 and beyond

Smart cities are cities that utilize technology to make daily life more sustainable, efficient, transparent and intelligent.

Smart cities depend on smart tech, the internet of things (IoT) and the application of geographical information systems (or GIS software) to contextualize massive amounts of collected big data.

How can a Smart City be Measured?

The Smart Cities Maturity Model was created to aid a cities self-assessment. This model can also be used to compare one city with another.

Smart Cities Maturity Model

Here are 17 factors that can be used to gauge our progress.

  • Business Ecosystem

  • Car Sharing Services

  • Citizen Participation

  • Clean Energy

  • Digitization of Government

  • Education

  • Environment Protection

  • Fiber-Optic Connectivity

  • Internet Speed

  • Living Standard

  • Public Transport

  • Smart Buildings

  • Smart Parking

  • Traffic

  • Urban Planning

  • Waste Processing

  • WiFi Hotspots

  1. Ad-Hoc

  2. Opportunistic

  3. Purposeful & Repeatable

  4. Operationalised

  5. Optimised

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Smart Cities and Entrepreneurs

A recent article in Forbes talks about Smart Cities being Smart Places for Entrepreneurs because Smart Cities are data collectors and analyzing and making use of this data will drive the development of artificial intelligence enabled data analytics. By starting down the smart-city path we can encourage entrepreneurs by making ourselves more attractive.