According to Wikipedia, “a smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic Internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use these (sic) data to manage assets and resources efficiently. This includes data collected from citizens, devices, and assets that is processed and analyzed to monitor and manage traffic and transportation systems, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, crime detection, information systems, schools, libraries, hospitals, and other community servicesFrom a multidimensional approach, the actors involved in the Smart City project belong to both the public and private sectors, focusing on different geographical objectives (city, neighborhood, smart building, etc.) or sectors related to energy, water, transport, and other municipal services.”
We at TIN see that most Smart City Objectives as an effort to increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Generally Smart City initiatives attempt to:
- Improving city governance by relying on online services to bring accountability and transparency.
- Improving citizen services
- Improving the infrastructure and services
- Reduce congestion on roads, air pollution and resource depletion.
Application examples in smart cities are numerous and the rapidity of the development provide examples from which to replicate. Municipal leaders can no longer sit on the sidelines, and watch as other cities adopt and adapt to this new world, and if they do not, their communities will shrink which directly impacts their economic base, as progressive companies and the youth move to areas where these vital services are available.