This post begins a 5-part series on Smart Cities from our partners at Black and Veatch. For more, visit the series archive. The ecosystem concept, once confined to its biological origins, has found new life in the smart city. When natural systems begin to evolve, there is at first low diversity and complexity. Over time, diversity expands, system interactions get …
The “smarting” of utilities and cities is underway. However, many in the industry would stamp our smart city progress thus far as meh, even though the foundational technical elements are in place.
Like the Industrial Revolution, an economic and social inflection point is taking place because of technology – but this time it’s digital technology.
All too often, Smart City efforts focus on systems and technologies designed for top-down efficiency without fully integrating the perspectives of the people whose lives will be impacted.