Smart cities use a mix of information, energy and social technologies for environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and livability. However, they need to be not just smart but agile, making technology choices that let citizens adapt and improve on solutions they implement today, according to Lux Research.
About two-thirds of the world population will live in urban centres by 2050, a migration of billions of people that will challenge today’s infrastructure and governments to maintain quality of air and water, health and safety and economic and social prosperity. Top-down technological solutions can’t support the scale and diversity of changes that will happen in that time and risk turning cities into environmental and social dystopias.
“Cities are under threat but they also remain nodes of innovation that will test, pilot and deploy technologies that address the biggest threats to humanity,” said Alex Herceg, Lux Research Analyst and lead author of the report titled, 'Cities as Technologies: Using Data and Analytics to Grow From Smart to Brilliant'.
“The key to success will be a learning mindset that allows open technologies, allowing cities to embrace disruptive technologies of tomorrow,” he added. Lux Research analysts evaluated technologies and providers, identifying best practices in: