Building a Smart City: Can Technology Alone Complete the Task?

Building a Smart City: Can Technology Alone Complete the Task?

Gov CIO Outlook | Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Statista has predicted 87.4 percent of the total population of the U.S. will get urbanized by 2050, and to combat or deal with this deluge of population, the implementation of smart city initiatives through the radicalization of several sectors like the healthcare, education, and transport will earn tremendous traction to properly maintain the regular activity of the city. But, is it possible to reach the goal of implementing a smart city successfully only through the proper deployment of technology? It is true, technological developments are essential, but besides technology, several other factors are essential to the growth of this plan.

First, a smart city encourages the deployment of several IoT devices which give birth to multiple endpoints. Moreover, these devices are vulnerable before diverse attacks. Therefore, the citizens have to be made properly educated and aware of the potential threats to keep the safety of the city.

In case of a smart city, there may be several areas of problems; therefore, the proper map of the problematic regions has to be drawn with the help of the experienced players of the public sector. After the identification of problematic areas, a proper roadmap has to be delineated strategically to address those complex issues.

The proper involvement of citizens is another important trait of a perfect smart city, as with the experience of several years, they can provide precise inputs about several problems and their potential solutions. After all, the most essential objective of a smart city is to better the lives of citizens.

Most importantly, the city leaders have to build proper integration with tech giants to squeeze out the best outcome, as smart city demands to revolutionize every area from street light to multifunctional network.

Technology has a pivotal role in the implementation of a smart city, but other factors are also related to this utopic planning. Therefore, to implement a smart city, there has to be a proper connection among several parties including city authority, public, and technocrats to deal with the various hindrances that will come on the way. Moreover, after achieving these criteria, a smart city will be able to focus on the technological pitfalls in an efficient way.

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