Smart, Smarter, Smartest - Cities Seeking Superlatives
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We all know - or think we know -
that Smart Cities are driven by Smart Technologies, but what about the people?
In much the same way as
industries hype their products (Broadband, Superfast Broadband, Ultrafast . . .)
so it is with entire cities.
Beyond Smart Cities we have Social Smart Cities(tackling
poverty), Green Cities (very Circular), Resilient Cities (prepared for the
unexpected) and even Compassionate Cities - caring about digital inequity and boosting Inclusion. And whilst the 'smart tech' systems and
infrastructures are key to enabling all these variants there is still the human
element - the citizens and their business that must live work and play in these
All the place-based systems in the world still need to serve the
citizen - not the other way around.
So enter, stage left, the
'Intelligent Community' with its fabric woven from all the usual economic sector
metrics and demographics plus the
threads of social wellbeing policies.
The question is: Is your
city ready? You may be contemplating
an impressive array of investment proposals to deal with Transport, Air
Quality, Housing, Social Care - the list goes on - but will all those plans knit
together to match your citizens' and community needs?
One way of finding out - free of
charge - is to nominate your community for assessment by the Intelligent
Community Forum. Who knows, you may even
be selected as one of the world's Top 21 or Top 7 Intelligent Communities. Melbourne, Australia, went on this year to be
acclaimed as the Intelligent City of the Year.
That achievement was announced in
New York at the ICF Global Summit last June.
Next year's great event (with mayors, civic leaders and community
developers from across the world) will be in June, in London - the first time in two decades that this very special occasion
will be held outside of North America.
You could be there - and your
community could find its place on the global stage.
13th 21st September
For more information please
contact David Brunnen or
call 07714 325 657
UPDATED 15 SEPT 2017