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Definition - What does Smart City mean?

A smart city is a designation given to a city that incorporates information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance the quality and performance of urban services such as energy, transportation and utilities in order to reduce resource consumption, wastage and overall costs. The overarching aim of a smart city is to enhance the quality of living for its citizens through smart technology.

Techopedia explains Smart City

There is no definitive explanation of a smart city because of the breadth of the technologies that can be incorporated into a city in order for it to be considered a smart city. Mark Deakin defines it as a city that utilizes ICT to meet the demands of its citizens, and that community involvement in the processes is a necessity for a smart city. From the definition given by Husam Al Waer and Mark Deakin in their research publication "From Intelligent to Smart Cities," the factors that contribute to a city being classified as smart are:

  • The application of a wide variety of digital and electronic technologies to the city and its communities
  • The application of ICT to uplift life and the working environments in the region
  • The embedding of such ICT within government systems
  • The territorialization of practices that bring the people and ICT together in order to foster innovation and enhance the knowledge that they offer
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