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Building Technology Smart Cities. Table of Contents. Smart cities solve Urban Challenges . More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Current transportation systems and associated infrastructures are

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Building Technology

Smart Cities



Smart cities solve Urban Challenges

  • More than half of the world’s population livesin urban areas.

  • Current transportation systems and associated infrastructures are

  • strained. The challenge is a growing population and increased demands for mobility from a diverse community.

  • By applying IT to plan, design, build and operate its infrastructure, a city can improve its quality of life and economic well-being.

  • A Smart City is a city that can balance its social, commercial and environmental needs whilst optimizing the resources it has available.


The Dynamics of Smart Cities


Current Trends: GE-Cities

GE-Cities is involved in creating sustainable cities and transforming the world's infrastructure using cleaner, healthier, more efficient technology based systems.

It is working on many projects worldwide.

http://www.ge-cities.com/en_GB/Projects/All


Current Trends: IBM’s Smarter Cities

IBM’sSmarter Cities Challenge is partnering with 100 cities around the globe to solve complex urban challenges, awarding $50 million worth of services and technology over three years. They work closely with city leaders and deliver recommendations on how to make cities smarter and more effective.

  • City Forward is a free technology service from IBM, that offers insight into specific metropolitan issuesand helps in building Smarter cities.

  • http://cityforward.org/wps/wcm/connect/CityForward_en_US/City+Forward/Home

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue5ZrKglSaA


Current Trends:

Cisco’s Smart+Connected communities

Cisco is helping transform physical communities to connected communities and achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability.

http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/smart_connected_communities.html


Future Cities

Future Cities will have to Reactive, Proactive and Interactive. Technology will play a greater role in building our future sustainable cities.

According to McKinsey Global Institute’s over the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. They have identified the hot spots for new cities around the globe.

http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Cities_the_next_frontier_for_global_growth_2758?pagenum=1#interactive


Future Cities

They should promote good governance, advancing environmental sustainability, and accelerate the transfer of knowledge among and beyond cities using technology.

They should be ready to accommodate climate changes

("heat island effect") and use natural resources wisely.


References

http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/smart_connected_communities.html

http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Strategy/Growth/Cities_the_next_frontier_for_global_growth_2758

http://www.future-cities.eu/

“Information and Communications Technologies Creating Livable, Equitable, Sustainable Cities”, Chapter-5 published in Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity.


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