Without new forms of partnership, governance and citizen engagement, administrators will not be able to realise the potential of new technologies to transform their cities. Jonathan Ballantine examines the strategies of the leading smart cities

Over the last ten years we have witnessed a “smart city boom”, largely driven by big technology vendors who have been leading much of the narrative around smart cities through conference presentations, research papers and pilot projects. Not surprisingly, there has been a strong bias towards smart technology being seen as the saviour for urban challenges. But while there have been projects where technology is making a significant difference such as Rio de Janiero’s much trumpeted Operations Center designed by IBM, the practical reality is that some of these projects are failing to add long-term value because they have not been aligned to an overarching strategy and/ or have been implemented in silos with no coordination between city functions. Cities will not be able to address the myriad of complex issues they face through the procurement of a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution.

“There is a need to redress this technology-centric view and develop a more holistic understanding of what citizens and businesses fundamentally value,” says Simon Giles, Global Intelligent Cities Strategy Lead at Accenture. “As an industry we can then work together to define how technology, along with business, governance and finance model innovation, will help realise these outcomes.”

Source: www.eco-business.com

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