The real test for Smart City ventures will be the supply of fundamental assets such as clean water, adequate vitality, and general monetary, natural and social maintainability, says Isha Bhatnagar.
The concept of Smart Cities has been rapidly rising, mainly due to the Internet, in the last two decades. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have been widely used in government, businesses, and private societies, etc. In a simplified interpretation, a Smart City is proposed to be a city which is smarter than traditional ones and capitalises on technology which aims to transform and enhance its systems, service delivery and operations.
The key to the Smart City mission is the use of ICT in different parts of the city to connect and coordinate the systems and services of the city for better and more efficient utilisation of resources. This will help enhance city management and administration and additionally improve satisfaction of its residents. It is also hoped that a Smart City would also improve the ecological footprint, in support of achieving a low carbon economy.
A Smart City also covers almost every aspect of society and people’s livelihood, including management of underground pipelines, citizen security, modern construction, monitoring of public places, municipal facilities, energy management, public transport, parking monitoring, etc.