Smart city ways of thinking

This solution addresses not leveraging the benefits of a smart city mindset in worldwide for local communities

Problem Description

Smart 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.

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Story

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.

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Organisations Involved

Contributed By

  • Volker Buscher, Director, Smart Cities, ARUP

Solution Stage

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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
  • Market sizing, development and testing
  • Business case analysis
  • Identifying cashable savings
  • Prepare to adapt approach, based on evaluation results and user feedback
MEDIUM
  • Grant funding or funding out of investment
MEDIUM
A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users
Clarity about what warrants implementation and funding

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