People involved in creating the world’s smart cities might think everyone knows what a smart city is. But in reality, only 18% of people have heard of the term ‘smart city’, let alone understood what it means. Moreover, emerging technologies such as AI, play a key role in smart city projects; even so, they are alien to most of the public.
Tel Aviv was voted as the “Best Smart City in 2014” at the Barcelona Smart City expo, beating 250 other cities from around the world to the title. This distinction was based mainly on DigiTel, a personalized digital communications network.
This chapter by Tan Yigitcanlar is the introductory part of a book about knowledge-based urban development in the Middle East and elaborates conceptual aspects of knowledge-based urban development, as well as the formation of prosperous knowledge community precincts and knowledge cities.
This book chapter by M. R. Johannessen and L. Berntzen (2017) explores the concept of Transparent Smart City providing useful insights on how city councils and city administrations can apply smart technology for increased transparency. The authors also provide an overview of available technologies from a case study in Norway.
This chapter provides theoretical empirical information regarding methods and tools that can make co-production of public services a more efficient process. Through an exploration of six pilot case studies, authors find out that, apart from methods and tools, other skills as well as the capacity to manage the governance of co-production are crucial for this objective.
In a latest article published in Engadget, by Nick Summers, a smart city project that is under development in Toronto Canada is presented. According the author the project started with an email sent by Eric Schmidt, Google’s former executive chairman, to Dan Doctoroff, of SideWalks, in 2014, having as subject line “The City of the Future”.
There is very little in the literature about what Japan is doing in the field of smart cities. The report “Japan’s Smart Cities” by Andrew DeWit shows a series of domains in which smart city concepts and technologies have been applied.