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THE REQUIREMENTS OF SMART CITIES

BY Salah M. Alajeel

Image By Tumisu From Pixabay 

Smart cities are complex cities that are complex to implement. They need an array of sensors and sensitive technology that needs support infrastructure. For the successful implementation of smart cities, a lot of requirements have to be considered. These requirements fall under the frameworks for smart city implementation.

FRAMEWORKS FOR THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF SMART CITIES

For the successful implementation of smart cities, some frameworks have to be laid down. These frameworks are:

TECHNOLOGICAL FRAMEWORKS

Smart cities depend on technology for their day to day running. For a smart city to work efficiently, different types of technologies have to be integrated. For these technologies to work together, they have to be:

  1. Intelligent. Technologies that incorporate machine learning provide the best foundation for the technologies to be used in a smart city.
  2. Networked. Because data is shared among multiple devices and platforms, these devices have to be connected, whether wired together or not.
  3. Hybrid. The network used has to support both wired and wireless devices. The wired network acts as a support/ backbone for the wireless network.

 The technological network’s result is to create an array of devices that collect, interpret, and store data that helps streamlining the city life.

HUMAN FRAMEWORKS

The human frameworks in the city help with its growth and efficiency. For the smart city to be efficient, the human framework has to have;

  1. The ability to learn. The workforce in a smart city has to be professional, which means they have to learn to adapt to the problems. Some of them will be unique because smart cities are still new to the world.
  2. Creativity. Creativity in smart cities development is needed to develop a smart city’s economy, arts, and culture.
  3. Knowledge. For a smart city’s economy to grow, knowledge of economies, industries, and service delivery is essential.

INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORKS 

A city needs several institutions to run successfully. Institutions like schools and hospitals in smart cities have to be designed with the maximum number of users in mind to avoid congestion. 

DATA MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORKS

Data in smart cities is collected in bulk. This necessitates the need for elaborate data management frameworks. Stable data collection, processing, storage, and transmission technologies have to be laid down for a smart city to be built and run successfully.

ENERGY FRAMEWORKS

Smart cities use a lot of technology, and the devices used need energy. A stable energy framework provides improved efficiency, reliability of the technologies involved, and sustainability of the projects.

REQUIREMENTS OF SMART CITIES.

  1. Funding. Building smart cities is an expensive endeavor. Most smart city projects fail or stall due to insufficient funding. 
  2. A good road network to reduce congestion and traffic jams.
  3. Ample parking to ensure that city users have enough space to park
  4. Sanitation
  5. Proper drainage systems to avoid flooding

CONCLUSION

Smart cities are complex and need to be built to a standard. The requirements for success have to be met to ensure the city is as efficient as it can be. If any of the requirements isn’t met, it will lead to potentially catastrophic failure of the city, affecting service delivery or the economy’s growth.

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