Smart city

Smart cities - Public sector and IoT symbiosis

“There is no universally accepted definition of a smart city. It means different things to different people. The conceptualization of Smart City, therefore, varies from city to city and country to country, depending on the level of development, willingness to change and reform, resources and aspirations of the city residents.” (Source: Smart Cities Mission)

Six key smart city objectives – and one major

Instead of talking about smart parking, smart healthcare, smart agriculture, smart transportation, smart government, smart energy or smart this or that, one can look at how smart city initiatives are initiated to achieve one or more of the following objectives:

Successful smart city projects, regardless of their core objectives, will help cities get closer to their ultimate goal to improve the overall quality of life, or in smart city terms, “Livability”.

  • Efficiency of services – to optimize the use of public resources and provide a high level of citizen service.
  • Sustainability – to grow & develop the city with strong consideration to environmental impact.
  • Mobility – to make it easy for citizens, workers and visitors to move around in the city, whether by foot, bike, car, public transport etc. (regardless of transportation means).
  • Safety & security – to improve public safety & security in every-day life and at special events, as well as being best possibly prepared for emergencies and disasters.
  • Economic growth – to attract businesses, investors, citizens and visitors.
  • City reputation – to constantly improve the city’s image & reputation.