Smart homes are already becoming more mainstream as time passes, with some homes being fully or partially “smart”. The next logical step to take from here is to have smart cities, where each and every building is connected to the internet in one way or another.

The fact is that it is already underway, smart home products are just the beginning of what will soon turn into a much more extensive network within society. Various cities around the world are already taking steps to turn themselves into smart cities. As they do this, they’re addressing some long-standing development issues by examining the potential of smart cities.

Cities that are looking for the best return of investment need to follow some dos and don’ts. In this article, we will discuss some of these dos and don’ts that cities need to follow if they plan to become “smart”.

DOS

See The Bigger Picture

It’s important to keep things in context and remember the purpose of building a smart city. The overall purpose is about creating a vision which everyone in the community can get behind and strive towards, be it the elevation of society through technology or the creation of digital economy or creating a better way of life.  Throughout the development of the city, you should keep this purpose in forefront of your mind.

Involve Leaders and Politicians

For such a large undertaking, you need to find a leader who will direct resources where they are most needed and make the tough decisions when they have to. You cannot simply leave the evolution of your city to the market, you need to drive it to the direction you wish to take it, and for this leadership is an extremely important quality. Leaders are also important as they help assuage citizens concerns regarding the implementation of new policies and technologies.

Use the Data Available

We already have the data needed to create a smart city; after all people have been thinking about it and conducting research for years. City planners and officials just need to know how to implement it. Cities have data about different things such as traffic, income, burglaries and more. This data can be used to help a city identify its individual needs and design a solution that can be used in the smart city. Of course, there will be privacy issues to contend with, in which case officials need to create protection measures.

Use Data and Lessons From Other Cities

Many different cities are also working towards becoming smart cities and through this, they have found and created innovative ways to solve everyday problems and brought themselves that much closer to becoming smart. One should learn from what other cities are doing and see what can be implemented and whether it will help your own city get closer to becoming a smart city.

DON’TS

Forget About Educating Citizens

Smart cities will be irrelevant unless the citizens of the city know how to use the technology provided. Let the citizens know about the new technology being implemented, how it will be used and how it will benefit them.

Focus Solely on Technology

Technology may help in creating a smart city, yet it is not everything. There is a real need to develop and update city infrastructure, identifying areas of integration between development, planning, and technology.

Be Patient

Constructing smart cities is a long-term project which can take years to implement. Even if technology is growing at a rapid rate, the process of building and integration still requires time. Patience is a must when building a smart city

It takes a lot to make a good smart city. However, when you follow the right steps, you end up with something great that everyone can be proud of.

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