The transformation of a city into a smart city is an initiative not without its complexity. However, this is much more attainable than many managers would ever imagine. This is because smart cities have to be understood as a logical continuation of the city we already know; a city with new technological capabilities to handle the resources and services that make community life possible, in real-time and in an integrated manner: today’s city but with improved efficiency. Within this concept, planning is established as the key pillar for every city that wants to become smart.
The initial analysis, the definition of the model, the roadmap for deployment and the implementation in the field, are all stages in a process whose premise must necessarily be to achieve the best possible city at the lowest possible cost.
This is because a city that wants to become smart should be able to leverage the investments already made, both in terms of infrastructure and technology systems; able to plan its deployment in a scalable manner over time, and provide tangible results for its inhabitants right from the start: a project focus that best fits the real economic and management skills of local managers currently.
Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2014