It also provides recommendations to help local governments consider and plan smart city projects
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to implementing smart city systems, a new report suggests there are three recommendations that should be at the core of every plan.
These are the key findings of Trends in Smart City Development, published by the National League of Cities (NLC), which features case studies about how five cities – Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Charlotte, NC, and New Delhi, India – are implementing smart city projects from different approaches.
“Advances in technology are deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities,” said Brooks Rainwater, report co-author and director of NLC’s Center for City Solutions and Applied Research.
”As the world becomes more connected with every passing day, cities will increasingly integrate smart city projects to improve public safety, drive sustainability efforts, and create equity. This report serves as a resource for local officials to help them learn and plan for the future.”
A smart city is one that has developed technological infrastructure that enables it to collect, aggregate, and analyse real-time data to improve the lives of its residents. The report finds that any smart city effort should include explicit policy recommendations regarding smart infrastructure and data, a functioning administrative component, and some form of community engagement.
“Cities across the country and around the world are employing exciting new technologies that leverage data to engage their residents and improve their communities,” added Matt Zone, president, NLC, and council member Cleveland. “City leaders are sharing the ideas and strategies that have worked to make their cities smarter and more connected.”
The report also provides recommendations to help local governments consider and plan smart city projects. The three recommendations that should be at the core of every plan are:
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