Recent smart city trends: empowered citizens on the rise

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Recent smart city trends: empowered citizens on the rise

Tailored public services to increase resource efficiency

Executive Summary

80 percent of the population currently lives in cities. Population growth and aging, climate change and pollution—all these are the de facto trending topics in our current societies and all of them contribute to the pressure on public resources availability. Faced with the challenge of maintaining citizens’ quality of life and living, the smarter move for governments was to combine and use the increasing availability of data and advances in research on the technology of things, and this way optimize the delivery of services. How is it called? Smart city. What is the goal? To tailor public services to increase resource efficiency.

“Smart city“ is a broad concept for urban development strategies involving multiple policy areas, cross-sectorial business fields, and collaboration between different agents. Due to its very broad nature, it has been repeatedly stigmatized as a “buzzword”: that is, of little meaning. But a lack of a clear definition does not always imply a lack of history or a lack of consistency. In fact, “smart city“ has always been linked to an all-encompassing approach to coordinate the multiple dimensions of a city with the help of technology: from households and buildings, to infrastructure and transportation, and including all social service areas. However, the concept has evolved too. And at each stage, it has learnt from its weakness to shift towards an ever better and stronger “smart city“. Join us on this journey: 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, ready?

Inside magazine Special Edition - Public Sector, December 2015

This special edition includes a variety of topics related to development such as social progress, healthcare and education, and describes issues related to resource efficiency from a demographic and societal perspective.

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