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Smart cities are going to be amazing community hubs which will be more sustainable, efficient and supportive of citizens. The concept of smart communities is based on intelligent infrastructure such as broadband (FttH) and smart grids, so that connected and sustainable communities can be developed. Around the world there are already examples of some smart cities emerging and many countries have developed plans for smart infrastructure. However, before these smart communities can be built properly, trans-sector policies and strategies need to be carefully considered and developed.
Smart cities can't be built from the current silo structure that dominates our thinking; but require a holistic approach which includes environmental issues such as self sufficient energy buildings, energy exchanges for renewable energy and e-cars, delivery of e-health, e-education, e-government services as well as digital media and internet services.
Half of the world's population are already city-dwellers, and the trend towards increased urbanization is accelerating rapidly. The future of the majority of the world's citizens is undeniably urban 70% will live in cities by 2050 - but how exactly that city of tomorrow will look, and how smart living is implemented and experienced remains largely uncertain.
This report discusses and provides examples of some of the key developments taking place around the world towards building smart cities and communities.
In many cities around the world, high density living is the norm and attention is now turning towards making this style of living more sustainable; Technology innovations include water harvesting and re-use, solar collection and energy efficient appliances including heating and cooling; Sustainable urban transport systems are also on the agenda for many governments.
2.1 Smart cities: sustainable engines for growth
2.2 Digital cities: digital dreams?
3. Building smart cities to ease the stress
3.1 A population of nine billion people
3.2 The role of smart cities
3.3 We need to use people power
3.4 Education, information, empowerment
3.5 Changes are starting to drive action
3.6 Greenfield communities
3.7 Intelligent/smart technologies and systems
3.8 Smart city investment
3.9 Big Data, cloud computing and smart cities
4. Key components of smart cities
4.1 A smart city built on three pillars
4.2 Smart grids
4.3 Next generation telecoms/National broadband networks
4.4 Smart government
4.5 Open networks
4.6 Smart buildings/homes
4.6.1 Smart Home Cloud Services
4.6.2 Home Area Networks (HANs)
4.7 Smart transport (separate report)
5. Selected examples of smart cites and communities
5.1.3 South Korea
5.3 Middle East
5.3.2 United Arab Emirates
6. Related reports
Table 1 Singapore - fixed-line versus mobile growth subscribers and penetration
1998 - 2013
Chart 1 Singapore - fixed and mobile subscribers 2001 - 2012
Exhibit 1 Smart City Operating System (OS)
Exhibit 2 The Intelligent Communities Forum
Exhibit 3 Smart Homes
Exhibit 4 Smart shopping
Exhibit 5 Singapore - a snapshot of the Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) project
Exhibit 6 Smart energy project in Amsterdam 2011