Sustainable Ecosystem of SMART Cities - Reforming Citizens to Netizens

February, 2016

The much heard and familiar concept of ‘Smart Cities’ is sprung from the idea of ‘Smarter people’, ‘smarter technologies’ leading to a ‘Smarter World’.Smart city concept is the saddle for the country where smart citizens will lead and participate more than before by changing behaviours, efficient practices and smarter social norms. In today’s integralcentric world “internet and technology”, we efficiently share the information with unprecedented ease to grasp the hands of different communities. This will lead us towards the latest and advanced infrastructure in all sectors like power, energy, water,security, waste management, public safety and transport by overcoming the challenges like traffic congestion, pollution, resource constraints and others.

Smart City is an ecosystem that is designed to be smarter and can be integrated as per the necessity of citizens through smartphone and wearable device. Technological advancements in the Brownfield and Greenfield will make the cities smarter through entrepreneurial efforts and industry cum government initiatives. The concept is revolutionising the technology, computation and digital information world through more investment in Cloud and IoT.

Smart city will transform and improve the lives of many individuals and the societyon the whole by paving a path towards multiple growth opportunities cutting across all industry verticals. It will increase and improve the efficiency and productivity of country/citizen, socially, politically and economically. New business models and financial prospects will be created for public, private, and non-profit organizations. Governance policies and services will be enhanced and improved with the use of integrated technology platforms those are easily accessible across various connected devices.

Fostering and collaborations of the Public and Private sector investment for the urban and satellite cities will raise the employment, economic and strategic growth of the cities. It will also eradicate the trifling gap between the rural and urban areas addressing the regional imbalances of the country through innovative, smart and technological capabilities. Innovations in technology and on demand cross platform services/products can bring dramatic improvements in urban liveability and sustainability.

Integrated services will change the social and cultural environment of the cities by symbolizing the human characteristics and lifestyle. Innovative and digitally transformed smart city will provide more efficient and effective ways to tackle environmental and health challenges to mitigate health issues.Smart cities will have unified, comprehensive and advanced security technologies to take responsive actions against crimes and civil unrest so that citizens can feel safe and secured. For creating a smart city we require strong, transparent and secured project/data governance, ideas, vision, executional drivers, coordination, investment, better allocation of resources and citizen engagement.

Technology landscape like Analytics, Big Data, Cloud, Mobility and IoT will be used in smart cities for data gathering, to understand the needs of the cities and citizens, and to identify the problems and solutions to mitigate the risks. This will make the cities to work smartly and potentially and allow people to be more submerged.

Thus, with the smart, intelligent and connected infrastructure and technology, smart cities will be more sustainable, cleaner, safer and more vibrant.