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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
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.
We define a "connected city" as a city or community that has a network infrastructure that allows for the efficient exchange and collection of information (voice, data, video) on a variety of public and private devices.