By integrating technology into the landscape, data can be collected in a non-intrusive way and help to inform how public space responds to the citizens that use it, says Neil Manthorpe, associate director of design at Atkins.
Strategies must take a holistic approach encompassing people, institutions, structures and operations, say Clint Vince, founder of Dentons’ Smart Cities and Communities Think Tank, and Jennifer Morrissey, counsel at Dentons.
Smart city projects must move away from the standard applications that many focus on and make a "technological leap", says Paul Moorby, CEO and founder of Chipside, a specialist software development company providing products and services to local and regional government traffic authorities in the UK.
Mobility-as-a-service will only be successful if we can all come together to realise a joint vision of ensuring seamless travel for every commuter, says Andy Taylor, Director of Strategy, Cubic Transportation Systems.
Overarching strategies, funding approaches and business models all need to be adjusted if cities are to see a genuine return on their investment in smart city tech, says Itai Dadon, global head of smart cities at Itron.
A pioneering initiative between Georgia Power, the City of Atlanta and a team of technology partners, is showing the way to what’s next in smart cities and demonstrating the power of public-private partnerships. Austin Ashe, General Manager of Intelligent Cities at Current by GE, tells SmartCitiesWorld more about this ground-breaking project.