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Define Your Smart City Strategy

Dive deeper into the six domains of smart cities

A successful smart city strategy will hinge on the ability for cities to innovate within six key domains: economy, environment and energy, government and education, living and health, mobility, and safety and security. Learn how you can expand on these strategies to create customized applications for your city.

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Strategies to turn your smart city vision into reality


With digitization and disruptive technologies changing the requirements of many jobs today, smart cities will have to develop strategies to address jobs of the future that will power Industry 4.0. Advances in technologies will also help streamline government procedures, providing a seamless experience to businesses.

Environment and energy

For a smart city to live up to its name, using technology to foster sustainable growth is essential. Cities must push toward wiser use of resources, from implementing sensors that detect leakage to using behavioral economics and gamification to encourage citizens to make thoughtful decisions on resource use.

Government and education

Smart cities should rely on analytics to help them develop insight-driven policies, track performance and outcomes, enable constituent engagement, and improve government efficiency. Data and analytics will also help next-generation teachers adapt their learning and counseling to maximize student success. In this next-gen learning environment, we’re likely to witness more personalized and blended education plans that include virtual learning opportunities. Explore more about the Smart Campus.

Living and health

A truly smart city uses technology and connectivity to enhance the daily lives of its residents. Cities should encourage connected communities through constructing smart buildings, innovating in the health care sector, and using data to monitor and enhance social programs.


Mobility has become as much about bits and bytes as it is about physical infrastructure. In smart cities, integrated mobility systems—that include shared mobility services and autonomous vehicles—the Internet of Things, and advanced analytics enable people and goods to move faster, safer, cheaper, and cleaner. Explore more about the Future of Mobility.

Safety and security

As crime becomes smarter and more high-tech, public safety and security agencies need to follow suit. In smart cities, data will play an increasingly important role in crime prevention as agencies try to preempt crime by tapping into all streams of data including social and crowdsourced information.


Smart city enablers

Virtually every smart city is made up of six domains. And underlying all of those domains are the organizations, services, people, and resources that enable the city to come to life.

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Rana Sen

Rana Sen

Sustainability practice lead, state/local/higher-ed sector

Rana Sen is a managing director for Deloitte Consulting LLP, and is the sustainability, climate, and equity practice leader for state/local/higher-ed sector. He also led Deloitte’s work with the Clima... More

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