A smart city is a complex organism of people, governments and organisations that requires holistic solutions – which is why Hitachi and the Smart Cities Council brought together a group of experts in March to explore the challenges and opportunities ahead.
The forum explored a host of challenges, from the fear of the ‘smart tech unknown’ to scaling supply chain opportunities. We discussed data contracts and building trust, harnessing the potential of City Deals and how to hardwire smart cities into planning, business cases, procurement and delivery processes.
At the centre of the discussion was unanimous agreement that catalysing smart cities will not occur without community engagement. This demands more than digital technology and product innovation. Advocates must clearly articulate how smart cities create economic and social value.