Smart Cities, Connected Citizens
Smart cities are hardly a new concept, but the suite of services and applications that are now available to deployment is ever expanding. Cities are becoming smarter, more efficient and, to an extent, autonomous in its decision making. Whilst most smart city deployments exist in silos, common platforms are emerging to facilitate communication. As more cities become ‘smart’ they can learn more from each other, make more decisions and share more insights with experts to continue to improve its citizens’ quality of life. What do citizens need from smart cities? How can common platforms help build synergies within and between cities, allowing them to share information and services? What is the social and environmental impact of a smart city? What will a truly “Smart City” look like?