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  12/4/12 7:32 PMThe role of Smart Cities in the evolution of cities | Public Policy BlogPage 1 of 3 The role of Smart Cities in the evolution of cities In a previous post on Smart Cities (Why do we need Smart Cities?), it was alreadyshown that creating aSmart Cityis a very complex task. It requires not only the in-volvement of many players but also their long-term commitment.Furthermore, its success will depend on its proposed value, which has to demon-strate its usefulness for citizens and businesses. At the same time, it has to be viableand sustainable from the point of view of a business model.In this respect, while most of the services provided within the context of aSmart Citywill be of a public nature, the management model will be considered from public par-ticipation to public-private co-operation.Owing to theSmart City platform , the provision of the public service itself is discon-nected from the way in which the service is provided. So thechancesof meeting theneeds of society increase.Incorporating theSmart Cityphilosophy in many of the services that are already be-ing provided in the public sphere can mean continuing the current model, which in-volves payment bythe Administration, i.e. the exclusively public model, althoughimproved through the efficiency achieved by incorporating new technologies.However, on the other hand, it may also involve a public-private partnership wherethe models could range from revenue sharing, such as the case of payment of roadtolls or parking management in cities, the monetization of Administration data sothat other players may build services on this.In short, aSmart Cityis designed to support the development of cities, both in termsof improvements to their current problems as well as in identifying and managingtheir future problems. Below is a summary of these ideas: Smart Cityas a support to the evolution of cities  12/4/12 7:32 PMThe role of Smart Cities in the evolution of cities | Public Policy BlogPage 2 of 3 - Better management of nowadays problems of cities: offering services for improv-ing traffic, urban mobility, public service delivery, information management,energyefficiency , space management, resource management and, ultimately, sustainability.Increasing efficiency and providing control mechanisms. ã Better management of future problems of cities: advancing services that reducethe impact of population growth, pollution and resource shortages as well as the age-ing of the population and the evolution of the profiles of citizens (most educated,healthiest, most concerned about their environment). It helps to anticipate any futureproblems owing to the analysis tools. ãBetter definition of the scope of the city: helping the city to configure itself throughnew services and infrastructures according to their nature as a tourist destination, amanufacturing center, a trading and marketing hub or, a business hub, etc. It offerssupport to communities and user groups. ã Bringing innovation and contribute to the economic growth strategy of cities:  be-ing a platform for innovation so that third parties may offer value-added services andtherefore a way to create jobs. It provides the ability to evolve, increasing productivi-ty and helping to increase GDP. The city’s information is democratized and enablesmarketing experts as well as product developers to focus their strategy, both in mar-keting campaigns as well as in developing products and services. Offering the city asa platform allows citizens to become involved in solving problems, whether it has todo with interacting with the Administration itself or even with each other. ãPromoting the use of technology: encouraging the use of new technologies bycitizens, businesses and the Public Administration itself. Smart City applications in-vite people to interact with the city, since these applications make it more efficient,interactive, attractive, adaptive and flexible. ã Ensuring sustainable growth by balancing the supply and demand relationshipand by providing a great place in which to live and work: helping to bridge the gap between what citizens want from their Public Administration and what the latter isable to provide them due to budgetary constraints and the complicated financial situ-ation of the municipalities. It supports expense management and in general lowersmanagement costs. It helps to improve the well-being and quality of life of citizens.At present, there are numerous examples of Smart Cities throughout the world. The  12/4/12 7:32 PMThe role of Smart Cities in the evolution of cities | Public Policy BlogPage 3 of 3 Rating: 0.0/ 5 (0 votes cast) first phases of implementation of these projects are geared towards solving real prob-lems in the city and equipping their infrastructures with intelligence. Without adoubt, it has to do with a reality under construction. But what is certain is that theSmart City is set to become a fundamental tool for the development of public policyin the coming years.This post is a summary of the reports entitled:“Smart Cities: a first step towards theInternet of things“and“The Information Society in Spain”produced by FundaciónTelefónica .Thecomplete reportis also available in pdf version and for iPad.Ruth Gamero , Senior Strategist atTelefónica I+D– Global CTO Unit@ruthgameroImage|MadeinZaragozaSave as PDF
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