What makes a city a “Smart City” as opposed to a city where some “smart things” happen?
Three criteria for answering that question clearly stand out:
- Smart Cities are led from the top – they have a strong and visionary leader championing the Smart agenda across the city.
- Smart Cities have a stakeholder forum – they have drawn together a community of city stakeholders across the city. Those stakeholders have not only created a compelling vision for a Smart City; they have committed to taking an ongoing role coordinating a program to deliver it.
- Smart Cities invest in technology infrastructure – they are deploying the required information and communication technology (ICT) platforms across the city, and doing so in such a way as to support the integration of information and activity across city systems.
It’s also important, though, to consider what is different about the structure and organization of city systems in a Smart City. How does a city decide which technology infrastructures are required? Which organizations will make use of them, and how? How can they be designed and delivered so that they effectively serve individuals, communities and businesses in the city? What other structures and processes are required to achieve this progress in a Smart City?
Read on to learn about the design of the infrastructures and systems of Smart Cities and view them visually represented in an accompanying diagram.