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Smart Cities in Making: 4 Best Practices to Follow
One-size-fits-all is not a practical approach when embarking on a smart city transformation journey. Following steps tailored for needs can help in achieving success.
FREMONT, CA: Efforts to make smart urban transformation a reality are bearing fruit across Europe. But the vision for smart cities encompasses far more than the Internet of Things. There are technologies, several challenges, including revenue streams, data, sustainability, prioritisation, the integration that are involved in smart city development. This points to the fact that a tremendous amount of effort is going into smart city initiatives across Europe. Here is the road map of transformation that Europe can use to accelerate its smart city initiatives.
Understanding Key Drivers and Implications
Smart city programs are vital to addressing urban challenges as they leverage technologies, drive innovations to create jobs, grow local businesses, and provide a higher quality of life for people. However, to reduce the investment risk, leaders need to better understand the key drivers and implications of smart city projects, and what successful cities are doing to realise the benefits fully. Factors like growth in urban population, adoption of technologies, are to be thoroughly evaluated.
Smart cities have emerged from the intersection of cloud, mobile, social, Internet of Things, and big data technologies. The effect of using these technologies in a city context is transformative. Technologies offer cost-effective platforms on which smart city applications and services can reside and be easily maintained. It is essential to put context around the purpose and benefit of deploying these technologies. The biggest picture should always be the creation of the digital economy in which smart cities will operate and contribute.
Reinventing Best Practices
There are several smart cities with best practices that other cities might incorporate rather than reinvent. But it is always important to realise that a smart city is a living, breathing thing that will continuously evolve. So, the best approach is to reinvent best practices. Right now, the vital activities are discovery, research, and planning.
Smart City Benchmarking
Benchmarking can help smart city managers learn from the mistakes and successes of their peers as they manage smart city challenges. By benchmarking against other cities, smart city operators can analyse the prime examples of best practices and learn from them. In fact, the definition of a Smart City relies on outcomes-based transformation, underlining the importance of tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) and measuring progress.