2018 World Cities Summit: Harnessing Innovation to Make Cities More Smart, Livable, and Sustainable
Smart cities are, by definition, focused on using emerging and innovative technologies, for enhanced societal and improved quality of life benefits. At IDC we refer to these as 3rd Platform technologies: those which embrace cloud computing, big data analytics, mobile technologies, and social networks. As the deployment of Smart City projects becomes more prevalent and less theoretical, embedding 3rd Platform technologies will require cities to focus on:Governance. Governance will need to be more robust. As cities move beyond pilots and start to join up Smart City activities, important questions around data ownership and management, security, and new procurement models will need to be addressed.Skillset enhancements. As cities make increased of new historic and real-time data sets, training and support for staff to aid the adoption of new routines and attitudes will become critical.Technology considerations for open platforms. As cities move into the platform era they will have to explore how to leverage platform capabilities without compromising the need for open IT and co-experimentation."The successful implementation of Smart City projects will depend on a greater understanding of the interplay between the different ecosystems impacted directly and indirectly by the investments," concludes Gerald Wang, Head, IDC Asia/Pacific Public Sector. "From security aspects to sustainability through innovation and technology, tools such as digital twins can be a powerful aid to decision making and urban planning. The drive to link and leverage diverse data streams will be a key factor in nurturing and maintaining the new metropolis."