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5 Steps To Building A Smart City

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The world is changing quicker than ever as we look towards a new digital age where everything we use and interact with is connected and communicating to make our lives easier. Many are expecting our cities to look very different in a decade from now, with new housing and transport being built in a more efficient and sustainable way.

Building The Smart City Of The Future

Here we take a look at 10 important steps which will need to be taken on the road to building the ‘smart city’ of the future. Some involve adapting existing ideas, whilst others will rely on a whole new way of thinking.

  • Work Out What Problems Need Fixing

    Firstly there are a wide variety of real world problems which need to be addressed before the grand visions involving big data and the internet of things (IoT) can develop successfully. Tom Saunders from Nesta says that cities like Jakarta and Beijing are “currently exploring data dashboards and citywide sensing projects to address issues around traffic congestion, when what these cities really need are vastly improved public transport systems.”

  • Find The Right Leader

    In many of the best examples of cities which have developed successfully there has been a great leader from the public sector. These have often been in the form of effective mayors and other dynamic leaders which have not left the evolution of the city to the free market which have not always developed with the entire cities best interests.

  • Share Data And Incentivise Innovation

    Having open and sharable data is vital for innovation to flourish, enabling the best minds to collaborate and work on the technology and infrastructure that is required for the rise of the smart city. However much of the public sector are highly protective of their data, so encouraging them to share will be another important task to overcome. Mara Balestrini, partner at Ideas for Change, says city councils should see it as “investment rather than expenditure: I’m sure it would cost them a lot more to solve public transport issues by themselves”.

  • Design From The Bottom Up

    “We have learned from past technology failures that large projects are doomed but breaking down projects into bite-size pieces often works better,” says Yodit Stanton, founder and CEO of OpenSensor.io. Designing cities which are built with everything in mind, including energy consumption and other issues so that we are not trying to fix them afterwards.

  • Educate Citizens & Spread The Word

    A new smart city will be useless to the people who live there unless they have the knowledge and confidence to use it. Ensuring that people are happy and understand the technology around them will go a long way to helping them become successful and not just a large marketing tool for corporate businesses.

    Nesta’s Saunders, author of Rethinking smart cities from the ground up, calls for all cities to share evidence so that no one has to start from scratch: “This could be something as simple as blogging about the experience … but cities could also form networks, to share the lessons from their IoT pilots.”

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