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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.