In this article by Bouton S., Hannon E., Knupfer S., and Ramkumar S. published by McKinsey & Company, according the authors the way that people get around cities is changing dramatically. Technological advances and new transportation services are making it possible for city dwellers to cross town ever more efficiently and safely.
While smart cities have evolved and advanced, and smart automobiles have been making great progress, parking lots have been ignored. Even though looking for a parking spot is frustrating, time-consuming and often nerve-wracking, people have accepted the process as part and parcel of everyday life. However, smart parking lots have started to appear and the first results have been promising. The growth consultants Frost & Sullivan have reported that investments of around $200-$250 million will take place until 2019, and, by 2020, around a million smart parking spaces will be available worldwide.
This recent working paper by Paolo Cardullo and Rob Kitchin critically appraises citizens’ participation in the smart city. Reacting to critiques that the smart city is overly technocratic and instrumental, companies and cities have reframed their initiatives as ‘citizen-centric’. However, what ‘citizen-centric’
Sustainablesmartcities.org is a new initiative from the Environmental Industries Commission, a UK-based trade association for the environmental technologies and services sector. It aims to accelerate the market for cleaner, greener cities by connecting decision makers and the innovative, smart technologies providing the solutions to these challenges.
These best practice guides, which have been developed through the BSI’s Cities Standards Institute, are aimed at supporting cities in effectively taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the greater availability and potential of data and digital technologies. City standards are about finding consistency in how cities work around shared challenges. If the basic ways of working can be agreed, then advanced urban services that are integrated, efficient, and delivered at lower cost, can become a reality.
In this podcast and presentation, Richard Bellingham, Director of the Institute for Cities, University of Strathclyde, UK, presents the current challenges and threats for cities worldwide at the Going Global 2017 conference. Based on the presentation, smart cities require an integrated approach toward smart systems and smart people.
Despite its small size and population (4.7 million), Singapore plays a key role in the development of the two Asian giants of China (1.4 billion people) and India (1.3 billion people). Perhaps this should not be so surprising, since by being essentially a sovereign city-state and an international trade center that loves innovations and multinationals and draws clients from all over the world, Singapore has established itself as one of the models in the world for how a Smart City should be.