Many big cities are implementing a wide array of new technology that promises to make the city smarter. Cities are expected to spend no less than $400 billion on smart urban services by 2020.
To achieve smart cities – using information and communication technology (ICT) - to enhance well-being whilst reducing costs and carbon emissions, city officials need to determine how smart technology can support their overall strategy for improving city life.
Smart technology needs context
Ramboll’s approach to enabling smart choices comprises three interrelated dimensions:
- Smart governance – cities should establish the appropriate governance and organisation that enables collaboration across city departments to ensure that city planning is strategic and holistic whilst also being realistic and thereby implementable.
- Smart technical concepts – cities should explore and identify the smart concepts available to solve an issue. This could include district heating/cooling, energy and water synergy parks, or blue-green infrastructure, which are all areas where Ramboll has world leading expertise.
- Smart technologies – ICT can be used to support improved sustainability. This could include technologies such as water metering that minimize the use of resources, free parking space detection systems, or ‘green waves’ that prioritise traffic flows for bicycles.
‘Big data’ can be used to understand and document trends and investment scenarios, as well as ensure the integrated operation of city infrastructure and utility systems.