Topic: smart-city-strategy


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Financing Smart Cities: Where’s the Money?

By Sarah Wray on Jan 14, 2018 2:09:01 PM

In this article, we look at some of the emerging and advancing options for finding money to invest in smart city solutions.

Across the world, cities are acutely aware that they need to upgrade their infrastructure and systems to improve life for citizens and residents. This is becoming more urgent as rapid urbanization continues – by 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, up from 54 percent in 2014, according to the United Nations. This could add 2.5 billion people to the world’s city-dwelling population, placing additional strain on city services.

In a US survey from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) almost 40 percent of respondents claimed they needed additional money “to sustain infrastructure at a baseline level” and indicated that the current state of their infrastructure is hurting quality of life.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Citizen Centricity Crowdsourcing Public Private Partnership Data Monetization Crowdfunding Funding Financing

3 MIN. READ

Revealed: The UK's Leading Smart Cities

By Thomas Mueller on Oct 29, 2017 10:39:02 PM

On October 23, Huawei and Navigant Consulting have released the 2nd "UK Smart Cities Index - Assessment of Strategy and Execution of UK’s leading Smart Cities". The report features an assessment of 20 UK cities in their efforts of utilizing technology to address urban challenges and to seize development opportunities.

Bristol and London are the UK's smartest cities

Surprisingly, Bristol has been announced as leading smart city in the UK, followed by London. The two cities are spearheading the movement, well ahead of the other 18 cities that were analyzed in the report. 

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Approach Technology Urban Transformation Smart City Development Leading Smart Cities Smart Cities United Kingdom UK

2 MIN. READ

Call for a Human-Centric Smart City Approach

By Thomas Mueller on Aug 31, 2017 4:59:51 PM

Over the past seven years, the smart city approach has changed fundamentally in terms of the strategies that cities and communities have chosen as a pathway for transformation. Driven by technology providers in the early years, governments as leaders of the smart city movement have later understood that technology is “only” the enabler for reaching governmental, economic and societal goals.

Today, smart city strategies still consider technology as an enabler, but governments have learned that top-down initiatives are not a prerequisite for success. Drivers for success are collaborative and participative human-centric approaches. If a city or community wants to become smarter, it should take the needs and problems of its customers – most of all their citizens – into account.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Collective Intelligence Smart City Approach Citizen Centricity

2 MIN. READ

Collective Intelligence: Key Success Factor for the Smart City

By Dr. Alexander Gelsin on Aug 31, 2017 4:51:26 PM

As expressed by a number of urban strategists in the past two years, we have witnessed a gradual shift towards citizen-centric smart city strategies. In an interesting article titled "Making cities smarter: How citizens' collective intelligence can guide better decision making" published by Deloitte University Press, the importance of citizen-centricity is presented clearly.

At bee smart city we completely agree with the authors and are convinced that collective intelligence is the key success factor for smart cities. Why? Because the acceptance and use of smart city solutions call for a user-centric approach that takes the needs and problems of citizens into account.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Collective Intelligence Smart City Approach Citizen Centricity

6 MIN. READ

Smart City Evolution: A Review of Becoming a Smart City

By Bart Gorynski on Aug 31, 2017 4:12:36 PM

Over the past years, the smart city concept has reached a state of mainstream acknowledgment throughout the world. However, several important aspects are subject to constant debate:

  • What is the best or a suitable smart city definition?
  • Does the smart city concept apply to cities only, or does it include rural or smaller communities?
  • Is the smart city concept technology- or human-centric?
  • What are the key success factors of leading smart cities?
  • What are the strategic governance approaches?
  • What can be derived from best practices in smart cities development?

In our review on becoming a smart city, we will cover all of these topics that relate to the smart city evolution and defining the term smart city from a practical perspective.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Collective Intelligence Smart City Approach Citizen Centricity Technology Smart City Masterplan Top-Down Strategy Smart City Definition Urban Transformation Rural Transformation Bottom-Up Strategy

7 MIN. READ

Redefining the Smart City Concept: A New Smart City Definition

By Thomas Mueller on Aug 31, 2017 3:33:12 PM

Over the past seven years, the smart city concept has changed fundamentally in terms of the approaches that cities or communities have chosen for urban transformation. Driven by technology providers in the early years, governments as leaders of the smart city movement have later understood that technology is only the enabler for reaching governmental, economic and societal goals.

Today, smart city strategies still consider technology as an enabler, but governments have learned that top-down initiatives or a master planned approach are not the determinants of success. Drivers for success are collaborative and participative citizen- or human-centric approaches. If a city or community wants to become smarter, it should take the needs and problems of its customers – citizens, businesses, workforce/commuters, entrepreneurs, academia and non-profit organizations – into account.

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Collective Intelligence Smart City Approach Citizen Centricity Technology Smart City Masterplan Top-Down Strategy Smart City Definition Urban Transformation Rural Transformation Bottom-Up Strategy

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Smart City Vision: A Smart City Can Be What You Want Your City To Be

By Bart Gorynski on Aug 30, 2017 11:51:56 AM

Driven by urban strategists, scholars, companies and other institutions, we witness a constant debate on what a smart city is. There are so many existing definitions and synonyms such as "connected city", "resilient city", "senseable city", "intelligent community", "digital city", "digital community" or even "smart village". This debate poses the question on what exactly smart cities stand for.

Creating a unique identity and vision

While it is generally accepted that there are different generations of smart cities (as discussed in "TOWARDS A NEW PARADIGM OF THE SMART CITY"), we believe it is important for each city or community to create a unique identity of their smart city or smart community vision. 

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Smart City Strategy Smart Government Smart City Approach

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