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That Smart Cities Hype

 

January 3, 2017

The “smart cities” hyperbole has become a bit thick – even compared to typical tech exaggeration. It’s no wonder that we’ve started to see a backlash against the idea. It’s become one of those markets where it’s difficult to separate the reality from the noise.

Here are some important patterns:

  • Smart cities represent the majority of smart government excitement and benefits
  • ‘Smart’ requires much more than technology to succeed, there’s the need for engagement and improved governance to coordinate so many smart domains (health, education, transportation, energy, water, waste etc.)
  • The Internet of Things is critical for smart cities, but provides very little benefit unless combined with other technologies like big data and cloud computing
  • Cities in emerging economies have the opportunity to leapfrog cities in developed countries
  • Almost all smart cities projects are at a pilot stage, and it’s very premature to speak about “best practices”

 

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.
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