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Report: Smart Solutions for Innovative Cities

report1This report is written by Innovation Centre Denmark (ICDK) in partnership with the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP). It illustrates solutions regarding the smart city context and their implementation on six global mega hubs: South Korea, Brazil, United States of America, China, Germany and India.

Each one of the above countries constitutes a different case study, in terms of history, urban development, government strategy and societal structure. Thus, the sharing of knowledge and experience work as key factors for developing the appropriate technology for implementing smart city solutions, increasing at the same the efficiency of a Smart Development approach.

This report points to the fact that ensuring smart solutions for innovative cities requires smart governance. The latter embraces stakeholders across sectors, each bringing their strengths to the table: visionary politicians, ambitious businesses, innovative researchers, and citizens who are knowledgeable from a day-to-day perspective. All stakeholders are necessary for the development of national strategies and trialing within a local community.

Moreover, for each case study a representative set of smart interventions are described, highlighting the main characteristics, strengths and weaknesses derived through their implementation process. Specifically, these include:

  • South Korea: Having retained its top ranking in the UN E-government Survey since 2003, Seoul is one of the world’ s most technically proficient cities.
  • Brazil: Using data to deal relevantly with current climate and social challenges to create a resilient, vibrant and modern city.
  • USA: Silicon Valley presents a paradox: Smart City infrastructures are few, yet new technologies, smart solutions and business models, are abundant.
  • China: A roadmap has been drawn up and positive steps taken towards the integration of smart and green technologies in Chinese urbanization, acknowledging that multi-sector coordination is essential to success.
  • Germany: A strong government focus combined with private industry and academic R&D. Mobility and energy are key focus areas.
  • India: India’ s urbanization can with the appropriate use of smart solutions establish transparent governance, citizen participation and integrate urban services and utility systems.

Finally, at the end of the report a rich catalogue of sources referring to smart city solutions presented in each case is also given.

Read the full pre-conference report here.

Find more about the Smart Solutions for Innovative Cities Conference here.