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Smart Cities: Transforming the 21st century city via the creative use of technology

Smart Cities: Transforming the 21st century city via the creative use of technology

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Cities are real-time systems, but rarely
run as such. In the past many have
used Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) to improve performance
at a departmental level including mobility,
utilities, community and eGovernment
services. In these cities “smart
technologies” are creating more efficient
systems and better informed citizens.
Now leading cities have started to push
this concept further. They are exploring
how smart cities can add value within
a strategic framework. This will mean
moving from departmental solutions to a
city wide approach, creating economies of
scale and scope that will result in:
• Economic development and the creation
of jobs.
• Promoting resource efficiency and
mitigating climate change.
• Providing a greater place to live and
work.
• Running cities more efficiently.
• Supporting communities
Cities are real-time systems, but rarely
run as such. In the past many have
used Information and Communications
Technology (ICT) to improve performance
at a departmental level including mobility,
utilities, community and eGovernment
services. In these cities “smart
technologies” are creating more efficient
systems and better informed citizens.
Now leading cities have started to push
this concept further. They are exploring
how smart cities can add value within
a strategic framework. This will mean
moving from departmental solutions to a
city wide approach, creating economies of
scale and scope that will result in:
• Economic development and the creation
of jobs.
• Promoting resource efficiency and
mitigating climate change.
• Providing a greater place to live and
work.
• Running cities more efficiently.
• Supporting communities

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Smart Cities
Transforming the 21st century cityvia the creative use of technology
 
Contents
3 Executive summary4 21st century smart cities
4 Smart cities5 Why the smart city?6 New urban user experience7 Smart cities as a system8 Smart behavioural change9 Smart city strategies11 Feedback loops12 Cities have a choice
13 What we do
13 Strategy and organisation13 Urban informatics13 Business systems and architecture13 Infrastructure
14 Smart cities workshop reports16 Smart cities case studies24 Urban informatics examples
Contacts
London
Volker Buscher 
volker.buscher@arup.com
Léan Doody
lean.doody@arup.com
Hong Kong
Michael Tomordy
michael.tomordy@arup.com
San Francisco
Gareth Ashley
 gareth.ashley@arup.com
Sydney
Michelle Tabet
michelle.tabet@arup.com
Jason McDermott
 jason.mcdermott@arup.com
First published September 2010Written by informatics specialists from Arup’s ITand Communications Systems team, this report isinformed by their experiences of working on citiesin the Ecological Age, and the opportunities andchallenges faced.The next report will focus on key smart city issuesincluding: the value case for ICT in cities; a road map
for political and civil leaders; and nancing of smart
solutions.
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Arup | Smart CitiesPage 3
Executive summary
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.
•
Supporting communities
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 fosmart 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.

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