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Cities are real-time systems, but rarelyrun as such. In the past many haveused Information and CommunicationsTechnology (ICT) to improve performanceat a departmental level including mobility,utilities, community and eGovernmentservices. In these cities “smarttechnologies” are creating more efficientsystems and better informed citizens.Now leading cities have started to pushthis concept further. They are exploringhow smart cities can add value withina strategic framework. This will meanmoving from departmental solutions to acity wide approach, creating economies of scale and scope that will result in:
Economic development and the creationof jobs.
Promoting resource efficiency andmitigating climate change.
Providing a greater place to live andwork.
Running cities more efficiently.
With the Internet of Things (the networkedconnection between everyday objects) nowincluding smart phones and tablets, socialmedia, super fast broadband, and real-timeinstrumentation, we already have all thenecessary tools to deliver smart cities.So how can we harness the power of theseemerging technologies?Amidst the vast array of options and possibilities, which this report will attemptto cut through and organise, the coremessage is that now is the time for cities totake ownership of this issue. Industry hasdeveloped services that cities could procure,either through public private partnershipsor in more traditional ways. But to capturethe opportunities cities need to be informedusers of smart concepts.Governance structures must reflect political priorities and deliver clear leadership for smart services. Cities need to develop anarchitecture in which technology can evolve, providing space for global players to createvalue and start ups to innovate. Citizensneed to see the value in these services andhave access to them through well designedinterfaces.We believe smart cities will become part of the tool kit for our political and civil leadersto create 21st century cities and regions, better equipped to deal with climate change, population growth, demographic change andresource depletion, often in an environmentof financial constraints.Arup is committed to meet these challenges;we are investing in our smart citiesframework and welcome your feedback regarding our ideas.