We’ve identified three mega trends that anyone interested in the future of cities should care about: data as a fuel for progress, intelligent experiences, and autonomous entities. Let’s explore each.
Posts By Franco Amalfi
It is important for cities to understand and adopt intelligent automation to advance their smart cities strategy, or risk falling behind.
Cities everywhere are coping with increased urbanization, and are struggling to provide mobility choices to their citizens. MaaS aims to help cities provide choice for their citizens, while facilitating smart city initiatives with cost savings and improved efficiencies.
Public sector leaders need all the help that they can get in defining their Smart Cities strategy. With programs like the Smart Cities Innovation Accelerator by Harvard, it’s clear that academia is leading the way in offering this guidance.
Businesses and urban residents are embracing technological innovation faster than many cities can react. With digital change happening in hyper-speed, urban leaders need to act now to bridge the technology gap between their cities and stakeholders.
To navigate and succeed in this digital environment will require consciously acquiring new skills, and updating existing ones. Digital Literacy is the new mantra and needed call to action for all of us.
What makes a community intelligent? How is it different from a smart city?
Local governments are recognizing that in order to innovate, they need to act upon new ideas, as well as focus on new ways of delivering services.
There’s also a tendency to believe that complex mobility challenges can be solved largely by creating effective multi-modal transportation systems. Unfortunately, this assumption can lead to bad outcomes.
Every project that results in the construction of a building that is not a “smart” is a project in which money savings has been lost, unnecessary natural resources have been consumed, and social improvements have not been delivered to citizens.