Report: Trends in Smart City Development

Open data cities

‘Trends in Smart City Development’ is a report from the National League of Cities featuring case studies about how five cities – Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and New Delhi, India – are using different approaches to implement smart city projects. The report also provides recommendations to help local governments consider and plan smart city projects.

No one size fits all

While ‘Trends in Smart City Development’ shows that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to implementing these types systems, it provides three recommendations that should be at the core of every plan:

  • Cities should consider the outcomes they want to achieve. The most successful initiatives will be those with clear objectives that solve public problems unique to each city.
  • Cities should look for ways to partner with universities, non-profits, and the private sector. Partnerships provide many benefits to cities including access to funding and outside expertise.
  • Cities should continue to look for best practices and frameworks for smart city development. Technology standards and frameworks for this are in development and should be considered by city leaders.

To learn how more about smart city trends and how different cities are implementing projects, you can read the report here.

*) Source: National League of Cities

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