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Smart cities are a global and growing trend. Smart city initiatives large and small are taking place to meet the needs created by accelerated population growth and several additional forces, both positive and negative. Here we provide an overview of the forces and trends driving smart city growth.

Glossary Term(s): Infrastructure

In a truly smart city, the services and operations that make it work are interconnected and interdependent. In this section of the Readiness Guide we briefly explain why a comprehensive approach is essential in planning for successful smart city transformations.

Glossary Term(s): Connectivity, Interoperability

To attain livability, workability and sustainability a smart city needs to be self-aware, connected and capable of monitoring itself. That's a simple barebones definition, one which we expand on and amplify in this section

Powerful forces are converging to make smart cities a growing trend all around the world. It is valuable for city leaders to understand what’s behind this momentum and how it will play out in their region. Chances are some of the pain points described below will hit close to home.
Glossary Term(s): Interoperability

While smart cities provide a wealth of benefits for their citizens and visitors, there are challenges and barriers to implementing the transformations that make cities safer, more livable, more cost-efficient and economically competitive. We identify many of those barriers here.

Glossary Term(s): Interoperability, Optimization

When city departments develop new applications or programs independently of each other rather than collaboratively we refer to it as a "siloed" approach. And it does cause problems, including a lack of interoperability between departments, unnecessary investments of time and money, and others. We explain in more detail in this section.

Make no mistake: planning and implementing successful smart city initiatives — those that have an optimal positive impact on livability, workability and sustainability — are hard work. But the benefits are a better quality of life for citizens, a cleaner, safer, more convenient and enjoyable place to live and work. There are other benefits, too.

Glossary Term(s): Livability, Smart infrastructure
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Glossary Term(s): Legacy systems

The Smart Cities Council developed the Smart Cities Readiness Guide to help city leaders, managers and staff envision their city's future and plan for it. To do that, the Readiness Guide offers recommendations and insights designed to assist cities in choosing the smart city initiatives that are right for them and offer optimal benefits for all citizens.

Glossary Term(s): Livability, Smart infrastructure

Smart transportation networks offer numerous benefits, among them accommodating a variety of transportation options from bicycles to buses, greater safety for users and cleaner air.

Glossary Term(s): Livability, Sustainability, Workability