i3 – innovative intelligent infrastructure.
Smart Cities are a future reality for municipalities around the world. These cities will use the power of ubiquitous communication networks, highly distributed wireless sensor technology, and intelligent management systems to solve current and future challenges and create exciting new services. Smart City officials will be essential visionary leaders who drive Smart City progress using public-private partnerships to invest in scalable projects, smart regulation to connect city laws to new digital realities, and innovation clusters to create jobs and vibrant economies.
The concept of the ‘smart city’ has been quite fashionable in the policy arena in recent decennia. It focuses on the role of ICT infrastructure, although much research has also been carried out on the role of human capital/education, social and relational capital and environmental interest as important drivers of urban growth.
Cities are made up of vast networks of people, businesses, technologies, infrastructure, consumption, energy and spaces. In a Smart City, these networks are linked together, supporting and feeding off each other.
It is clear that many challenges lie ahead for planners, architects, engineers and other professionals to come up with new ways to serve densely concentrated populations efficiently and effectively. It is worth noting though that, given comparable income and lifestyle patterns, residents of cities actually use far less energy per head than equivalent rural communities living in single family houses. Not only is the sharing just in terms of energy but city residents furthermore share walls, floors and ceilings with their neighbors, which means less materials required to build structures.
The main scope of‘Smart Cities’ will refer to areas that are arguably already operating with at least a rudimentary version of the Smart City framework.
The interactions between sector-specific and inter-sector information flows result in more resource-efficient and sustainable business models and lifestyles. That interactive and analytical information exchange is making the sectors intelligent or ‘smart’, since they are not only following their own benefit, but are also optimizing Smart City operations as part of the community and ecosystem.
The road map of cities’ approach to Smart City, with high degree of innovation in technology, services and information management – depends on the priority of the benefits and drivers, which should be elaborated and implemented in framework of our project.