Where Next for Smart Cities?

The global buzz surrounding smart cities has been growing steadily louder over the past few years.

Here are a few intriguing quotes on the subject of building smart cities:

  • “Smart cities are those who manage their resources efficiently. Traffic, public services and disaster response should be operated intelligently in order to minimize costs, reduce carbon emissions and increase performance.” Eduardo Paes
  • “We [MIT Smart Cities research group] try to identify the fundamental underlying design assumptions that everybody takes as a sort of given and unchallengeable when you think about solving these problems. And we try to challenge those assumptions.” William J. Mitchell
  • “Before we bring in technology, we need to look at how we organize our communities. Why can’t people live on the second floor and work on the first floor? Why can’t we create communities where they are responsible for their schools, parks, teachers and doctors, and not somebody from [New] Delhi?” Sam Pitroda [Note: To read his full Wharton interview on why smart cities need to be happy cities, go here.]

And for a vision of what a smart city is, the expectations and what a smart city can become, I really like this Forbes interview with Asset Issekeshev, mayor of Astana, Kazakhstan, from 2017.  

What’s Next with Smart Cities?

So what are some of the recent encouraging (and discouraging) developments in this important space? Why is trend set to explode in overall growth in the 2020s? 

Here are a few of the interesting articles from the past week alone on smart cities:

Here’s a quick 2019 overview of smart cities technology from CES:

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/where-next-for-smart-cities.html