At the present time, almost every second person on the planet lives in a city.
It’s expected that this will grow to approximately 70 percent of the world’s population by 2050, meaning a high demand on coexisting in built up areas, and a huge burden on infrastructure.
Moving forward, technology will play an extremely important role.
The emergence of ‘Smart’ cities should already be able to address current issues but, more importantly, digital technologies will help to cope with economic, social and political challenges facing current and future generations.
Given how much the areas of environment and resource consumption, population growth and demographic change are likely to be affected, the right strategy is the key starting point for a smart city.
Local authorities still absolutely lack the know-how and capability for successfully implementing their strategies.
In order for them to get this right, they will need the involvement of the relevant stakeholders and partnerships and some type of centralised coordination.
Indeed, local council administrations will have to rely heavily on the support of competent partners – ie energy and utility suppliers – for implementing their strategies, which could cover as many as 500,000 in some of the biggest cities in Europe, by way of example.
It’s important to remember that no Smart City is the same as any other too.
One may focus on networking of its residents, whereas another could place prior importance on health or mobility.