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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

Reliable, safe, connected transportation — which we also refer to as mobility — is essential for successful smart cities. We will describe why in the Readiness Guide sections that follow. And that will be much more clear if we first establish what transportation and mobility mean in a smart cities context.

While severe traffic congestion is a serious problem for many cities, your city doesn't have to reinvent the wheel to meet the congestion challenges your city may have. Read on to learn how some cities are successfully solving congestion issues and at the same time improving and expanding mobility options for citizens.

Despite the best of intentions, a few pitfalls can put your smart mobility initiatives in the slow lane. Here’s how to avoid them.

Australia and New Zealand are both working in their own ways to enhance livability, workability and sustainability in their cities. This section is a brief overview of their smart cities efforts.

Glossary Term(s): Infrastructure

Europe is a complex region for several reasons, including a variety of different cultures with long histories -- and governance. Of Europe's 44 countries, 28 are members of the European Union. Here we briefly explore those complexities in further detail.

Glossary Term(s): Infrastructure

India is another complex region. The country's major cities are experiencing economic growth as well as population growth, while much of the countryside is rural and relatively undeveloped. In this section, we address the Indian central government's strategies and the challenges it faces in building smart cities and transportation networks.

Glossary Term(s): Infrastructure

Canada and the United States are similar in several ways and vastly different in others. For example, neither country has a formal national policy on urban development. However, both are taking steps to help their communities and metro areas become smart cities with smart transportation networks.

Glossary Term(s): Infrastructure
Surging population growth in cities is not only challenging city leaders to find better ways to deliver transportation, energy, public safety and other municipal services, it’s also forcing them to deal with more garbage. The good news is that smart solutions are emerging in the solid waste management arena. Technologies are coming to market that can help cities collect and process waste more efficiently and recover valuable materials from the waste steam. In this chapter we examine how smart technologies are enabling cities to manage municipal solid waste (MSW) in an efficient and sustainable manner. As in other city responsibility areas, information and communications technologies (ICT) are driving many of these new solutions, particularly in the area of garbage collection. But scaled-up applications in the realm of biological and industrial engineering are also involved.
Glossary Term(s): Infrastructure
In this chapter, you’ll learn how a simple roadmapping process can put you on the path to a smart city. We’ve hinted at this next point before, but now we’re just going to say it: Technology is the easy part. The hard part is turning ideas into action. Fortunately, help is at hand from those who have gone before. In reviewing hundreds of successful pilots and interviewing dozens of experts, several themes have emerged, which we have shared on the pages that follow.
Glossary Term(s): Infrastructure

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