This paper examines different approaches to smart city development that reflect different ways in which cities are governed, and different pathways urban governments take to become smart. The main research question is: When comparing a selection of smart city projects, how can pathways for their implementation be classified? By using a comparative case study research design the present study mapped how different design choices of smart cities play out in their implementation and governance. The authors analyse four cases: Smart Dubai, Masdar City, Barcelona Smart City, and Amsterdam Smart City.
Motivated by the challenges of implementing the recently-proposed Society 5.0, the main contribution of this paper is to propose a sustainable human-centric Smart Community built around a Marketplace of Services. The first main goal of this survey is to suggest an implementation path of Society 5.0, which is currently missing. The second objective and contribution is to review known technologies that are expected to play a significant role in the transition to Society 5.0.
Co-Aps is a mobile application used to manage density in public transport and public spaces amid the COVID19 pandemic. Pilots have been implemented in the cities of Barcelona, Istanbul, Sofia and Karditsa.
This paper proposes an architecture for decentralized user-centric data management applications for communications in smart cities. The solution proposed tackles some of the typical problems that affect centralized systems, related to the ownership, exploitation, management, and storage of data. A proof-of concept is presented, which demonstrates the feasibility of the proposal on an empirical basis. The proof-of-concept is implemented using Ethereum and IPFS as key tools.
“COVID Community Data Lab” is a research project focused on the analysis of data that can support an equitable recovery amid the 2020 pandemic in the US context. The project gathers and analyses data from creative sources and exposes the inequalities that Boston communities face as a result of COVID19.
From smart cities to smart social urbanism: A framework for shaping the socio-technological ecosystems in cities
This paper suggests a shift of focus in the development of digital initiatives from city to society, towards the cultivation of smart social urbanism. The authors explore “smart urbanism” in ten cities of Israel, analysing them in terms of participation, democratisation and innovative urbanism. They suggest that most municipalities are still at an early stage of digitization implementation and have the ability to shape and form a vision for the cities as socio-technological ecosystems in an equitable manner.
The book “Open Cities|Open Data: Collaborative Cities in the Information Era” consists of a collection of papers that synthesise two emerging topics: smart cities and open data. While the academic, policy and market discussions about ‘Smart Cities’ have been underway for over a decade, the chapters and research in this collection reflect a more recent re-framing of the discussion around the ‘data-driven and responsive city’.