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Building smarter cities: Unlocking insights for city transformation

Building smarter cities: Unlocking insights for city transformation
Building smarter cities: Unlocking insights for city transformation

Technology is always evolving, and its application is no exception. The idea of creating ‘smarter’ cities has been around since the 1960s and 70s, starting with small steps like databases and aerial photography to handle natural disasters and manage infrastructure. And guess what? The concept of a ‘smart city’ wasn’t just a brainchild of some tech guru – it was first brought up by none other than Walter Disney! Yep, the same guy who gave us iconic cartoons also had a vision for Disney World and laid the groundwork for the idea of smart cities we see today.

Smart city development seems like quite a challenge, doesn't it? The trend of smart cities has peaked in recent years as more and more people transition into the digital realm. That’s why Intelligent Cities 2024 held in Detroit City from June 5th – 6th is ready to spark up cities with discussions on smart city innovation.

So, let's dive into these essential insights if you're eager to start a journey of transforming your city into an intelligent city!

Only constructing new buildings won't magically transform your city into a smart one.

Sure, constructing new buildings can improve infrastructure, but does it truly address the core issues facing your city? Moreover, being a smart city doesn't solely rely on having the latest technology at your disposal. Sometimes, implementing a new app or automation isn't the solution.

Consider this scenario: you automate a service that receives negative feedback, but what if the service itself is flawed? This highlights the importance of taking a human-centric approach to problem-solving rather than relying solely on technological fixes.

Ultimately, it's about understanding the real needs of your citizens and finding meaningful solutions that enhance their lives.

The Internet is not a nice-to-have luxury. It’s a Utility just like electricity!

Back in the day, the internet was thought not to be a necessity. But times have changed and now people can’t live without the internet. It's now just as important as rent, water, and electricity. While it might not be necessary for the city council to become an internet service provider, it's crucial for the city to acknowledge the needs of its residents. Collaborating with relevant parties to develop infrastructure is key to ensuring digital equity among all residents.

Find your city’s pain points.

Do your homework to identify where your underlying city issues are. This can be an effective way to ensure your city functions well even during a disastrous situation.

An illustrative example is Dallas, which had already pinpointed its crises pre-COVID-19, including issues like housing affordability, teen pregnancy rates, transportation development, and environmental sustainability.

When the pandemic struck, it provided an additional perspective to understand the city's challenges. Dallas swiftly mobilized changes to address these problems, implementing measures such as establishing food pantries to ensure equitable access for residents amid the crisis. This proactive approach enabled Dallas to respond efficiently and effectively, having recognized its primary issues beforehand.

Constructing a smart city is no easy feat. It demands time, effort, research, empathy, understanding, and strategic planning to propel your city forward.

If you’re keen on knowing more insights and ways of developing your city while networking with city experts across the US, join us at Intelligent Cities 2024 from June 5th – 6th in Detroit City and learn from the best to move your city to excellence!

Hope to see you there!