Simple ways to be smart

Backhouse, Judy and Ben Dhaou, Soumaya (2021). Simple ways to be smart. United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC). International Telecommunication Union.

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    Author Backhouse, Judy
    Ben Dhaou, Soumaya
    Title Simple ways to be smart
    Series Title United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC)
    Publication Date 2021-05
    Place of Publication Geneva
    Publisher International Telecommunication Union
    Pages IX; 75
    Language eng
    Abstract A common perception is that smart cities are all larger cities that function smoothly, are well resourced and with deep skill bases, that can be drawn on to develop sophisticated, high-tech interventions. This perception excludes the majority of cities and human settlements which are not large or well-resourced and have operational challenges. However, smart technologies and ideas have relevance for all cities and settlements as they enable better city management and operation and can improve quality of life. This report was conceived to identify smart interventions that do not require excessive material or capacity inputs, and yet can help cities and settlements to become more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Smart cities have also been criticised for serving the needs of the elite at the expense of the majority of city residents, thus increasing inequality in cities. However, if smart cities are developed based on needs, they can provide public services that are more efficient, effective and personalised. This report collects examples of smart interventions that support the aforementioned goals, and produces a guide for cities that wish to embark on the journey to be “smarter”. it is important to recognise that smart interventions need not be technology-based but should be premised on evidence, and should also pay careful attention to the target population whose needs are being addressed. This report defines criteria for what makes an intervention smart and simple.
    UNBIS Thesaurus CITIES
    Keyword smart cities
    research line people
    research line technology
    research line governance
    Copyright Holder International Telecommunication Union
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Fair use permitted
    ISBN 978926133241
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