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Why Smart Cities?

Cities are networks of networks and systems of systems: transportation, energy, water, waste, logistics, telecommunications, real estates, services, government, institutions, businesses, or social communities.

We subscribe to a common vision that for the first time in human history, more people live in cities than in rural areas and in the next 20 years the urban population will grow from 3.5 billion to 5.0 billion people. The social, economic, environmental, and engineering challenges of this transformation will shape the 21st century. The lives of the people living in those cities can be improved – and the impact of this growth on the environment reduced – by the use of “smart” technologies that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of urban systems. The smart city can be defined as the integration of technology into a strategic approach to sustainability, citizen well-being, and economic development. The smart city offers a coherent vision for bringing together innovative solutions that address the issues facing the modern city, but there are many challenges still to be faced. If the smart city is to truly become a blueprint for urban development, then a number of technical, financial, and political hurdles will need to be met.

As our world is getting interconnected, intelligent, instrumented, and innovative, we have to integrate our urban systems and networks, making our cities smarter, greener, intelligent and sustainable. We have to coordinate, monitor and manage the urban spaces, infrastructures, functions, services, and government agencies via centralized city intelligence as a single intelligent operations center and an integrated digital city management platform, embedded in the framework of an urban ecosystem.


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