Problem DescriptionSmart cities are not simply those that deploy ICT. They combine new technology with smart new ways of thinking about technologies’ role in organisation, design and planning. Arup recommends that city leaders, as they plan smart city initiatives, envision ways that technology can create new urban user experiences; think about the smart city as a holistic system; and consider ways that new systems can result in positive behavioural change.
Today’s level of urbanisation is unprecedented and, according to the United Nations, the upward trend is set to continue. Cities are now the largest contributor to energy consumption, CO2 emissions and climate change, and at the forefront of carbon reduction efforts. Greenhouse gas emission targets have been set, but reaching these targets will be a major challenge for expanding cities.
Urban sustainable development has emerged as a strategy and policy priority for city leaders. One way cities are responding is by building smart cities. A smart city is one that uses technology to transform its infrastructure and make better use of energy and resources. Information and communications technologies (ICT) can be deployed to create new, intelligent ways of making our urban centres more resource effcient and reduce their carbon footprint.
- Volker Buscher, Director, Smart Cities, ARUP
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|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Making the case4||Business development and evaluation|
|A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users||Clarity about what warrants implementation and funding|