As city officials look into the engagement of smart city technology, a study has been carried out, involving 20 cities worldwide based on four main innovation spheres: Mobility, healthcare, public safety and productivity. The study focuses on the benefits of these technologies in terms of the time it can save citizens and revealed a total 125 extra hours saved per citizen annually.
Mobility-related technology such as integrated IoT-enabled infrastructure can save up to 60 hours per year; while digital health services can save approximately 10 hours annually for citizens. Productivity tools such as city apps and digital services can save citizens up to 21 hours while public safety implementations with technologies that provide support in law enforcement and first responders, allow close to 35 hours saved per year.
Most discussions are centered around technology, the regulatory framework required to execute it and the financing. However, ordinary citizens are less likely to relate to the true benefits of smart cities. In addition, many cities are now facing a challenge of limited resources, creating inconvenience for citizens; and the problems is only going to aggravate as more people move from rural to urban areas.
Smart cities will make greater progress in 2018 for the following reasons (1) resources are stretched and social media allows political mobilisation (2) citizens will insist on advancements (3) technology has improved significantly allowing for better connectivity and cheaper computer to make smart city implementations advantageous.
Last but not least, the study found that the most advanced cities are Singapore, London, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago.
Participate in the upcoming QS in conversation – “University-Public Sector Partnerships: Smart Cities” which will be held from 3-5 October 2018 in Singapore.