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Definition Edit

A smart city is a city in which investments in human and social capital and traditional (transport) and modern (ICT) communication infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, with a wise management of natural resources, through participatory action and engagement.

Smart cities is

[a] concept that tries to create a more intelligent city infrastructure by using modern information and communication technologies. Smart cities propose a more flexible adaptation to certain circumstances, more efficient use of resources, higher quality of life, more fluid transportation, and more. This may be achieved through networking and integrated information exchange between humans and things.[1]

Overview Edit

Today, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas. By 2050, urban dwellers will swell to 75% of the global population. The coming decades will bring a large transformation in the global urban landscape, due to societal challenges like affordable housing, congestion of roads and a huge increase of people living in cities.

Infrastructural elements like mobility, buildings and energy will all be impacted. ICT will be deeply embedded in the fabric of cities and will change the way we think of city operations and how we live and work in these environments. Cities are becoming smart cities.[2]

References Edit

  1. Aeris, IoT Dictionary (full-text).
  2. iMinds, "Smart Cities" (full-text).

External resources Edit

  • Brookings Institution, "Getting Smarter About Smart Cities" (Apr. 18, 2014) (full-text).


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