Connected cities: Smart Sustainable Cities

The ITU Blog

13 September blog piece photo

If we compare an aerial photo of the world today with the same image from 20 years ago, we can see from light distribution that urban centres are now a significantly more prominent feature. More and more people are choosing to live in cities, in search of new opportunities and to improve their quality of life. However, in many cases poor or absent urban development planning has not accompanied this growth in urban population.

Each one of these clusters of light represents a different set of challenges. There is a clear need to seek out new, efficient solutions, which help to “order and regulate” life in cities, optimising the use of the natural resources and guaranteeing long-term sustainability. In this context, the concept of the “Smart City” is born, with citizen commitment at its core, around which a complex system of smart networks and platforms revolves, collaborating to achieve efficient…

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