What is a Smart City?

smart city is defined as an urban development vision to integrate information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) technology in a secure fashion to manage a city's assets. These assets include local departments' information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services. A smart city is promoted to use urban informatics and technology to improve the efficiency of services. ICT allows city officials to interact directly with the community and the city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city, how the city is evolving, and how to enable a better quality of life. Through the use of sensors integrated with real-time monitoring systems, data are collected from citizens and devices – then processed and analyzed. The information and knowledge gathered are keys to tackling inefficiency.

 

Information and communication technology (ICT) is used to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to improve contact between citizens and government. Smart city applications are developed to manage urban flows and allow for real-time responses. A smart city may therefore be more prepared to respond to challenges than one with a simple "transactional" relationship with its citizens.

Major technological, economic and environmental changes have generated interest in smart cities, including climate change, economic restructuring, the move to online retail and entertainment, ageing populations, urban population growth and pressures on public finances.

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- 59 days ago

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- 96 days ago

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- 103 days ago

We're looking forward to attending the Smart City Alliance Meeting @InnovationWM @unibirmingham tomorrow. See you t… https://t.co/RfxN9LBOBR
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- 104 days ago

Just over a week to go! @Giosprite_ are sharing a stand with @SmartWorldApp at @Smart_IoT next Tuesday and Wednesda… https://t.co/ka1kvJbolT
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- 128 days ago

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- 130 days ago

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- 144 days ago

Our final definition in our smart city A-Z glossary is zero emissions. With the latest United Nations Committee on… https://t.co/wZJW45WFsz
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- 145 days ago

Combining location based services with data analytics and demographics means local authorities can get real insight… https://t.co/HZ2vaBDzXh
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- 146 days ago

Smart city technology can help #localauthorities optimise waste collection routes, save fuel and reduce CO2 emissio… https://t.co/iiEGglcHCI
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- 150 days ago

Tourism in the UK accounts for £106bn in the British economy a year. Adding smart technologies, such as a visitor a… https://t.co/NlDwWaaf3t
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