Digital is changing how we plan, organize and experience our cities. Urban planners and civil servants are now using information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance the performance of public services, reduce costs, manage the consumption of natural resources and engage citizens. The ubiquitous city or smart city is a platform for cooperation. Its culture of openness, efficiency and transparency enriches our lives and creates great opportunities for businesses.
More than half of world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, population growth and urbanization in developing countries will add up to 2.5 billion people to urban centers. Guaranteeing universal access to public services will require greater investments in smart technologies. City-wide connectivity will allow business to harvest the power of the new internet of things (IoT) and change the way we tame nature.
Among the amenities encountered in a smart city are city-wide digital connectivity, mobile access to public services, online support for tourists and personalized offers in a digital marketplace. Companies willing to build smart or ubiquitous cities must amass great know-how in information technologies (ICT), internet of things (IoT) technologies and big data analytics.