The role of ICT

 

Many people think that the emphasis with Smart Cities is too much on technology and not on what really matters: a better living environment. ‘It is a shame that the term Smart Cities has led people to believe that to be smart, you need to do X, Y and Z’, says Jonathan Leucci from the Scottish European Green Energy Centre. ‘The risk is that cities pursue the wrong concepts and think that there needs to be huge amounts of money. They don’t realise that there are quick-win solutions that suit the city.’

 

‘The greatest pitfall is wanting to be a Smarter City
because it is sexy’

Haydee Sheombar, IBM

 

According to Haydee Sheombar from IBM a part of a Smart City vision is indeed people driven, and does not require technology. However, in order to solve a specific problem, things must be measurable and incentives must be transparent. ‘We start from the question how technology can help with this’, she says.

Read the interviews with Jonathan Leucci and Haydee Sheombar about the role of ICT in
Smart City dynamics.
Best practices in this chapter: the North Sea Region and Valencia.