Responding to a variety of pressures which include population growth, climate change and fiscal stress, cities are looking to technology as a way to enable more efficient ways of operating.
From creating intelligent transport networks, energy grids, and other public functions cities are seeking to become “smarter.”
At stake are not just greater livability and sustainability but the jobs and investment that accrue to communities at the cutting edge,says the Brookings Institute on a report about smart cities.
"There is still much work to be done to make smart city development the norm rather than the exception, and to match the deployments to the hype," the group says. " Cities need a clear vision for their economic future, one that is grounded in reality and leverages unique local assets. Only with such a vision, and the accompanying policy framework, can cities truly deploy technology in the smartest ways possible."
The following slides reflect some of the starting points on ways that technology can provide value added services to smart cities.
Slides Courtesy of GE