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Smart choices will drive smart cities

New technology is taking cities across the globe by storm these years. But how do cities make sure they use the technology to actually improve quality of life for its citizens? 
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Many big cities are implementing a wide array of new technology that promises to make the city smarter. Cities are expected to spend no less than $400 billion on smart urban services by 2020.

To achieve smart cities – using digital technologies to enhance well-being, reduce costs, and engage with citizens – city officials need to ask themselves: how can we use smart technology to support our overall strategy of improving city life?

Smart technology needs context

To truly make life better for their citizens, cities should use smart technology as a means to driving liveability without losing sight of the bigger picture.

- A smart city is not tech-focused. Cities should constantly strive to make smart choices that enhance liveability, sustainability, and efficiency. That's why cities should take a holistic approach when considering smart technology. It should only be implemented when it supports the long-term strategy of the city and makes sense from a financial and social standpoint, says Torsten Esbjørn, Senior Project Director, Ramboll Planning and Urban Design.

Copenhagen to reap benefits from smart-city strategy

Last year Ramboll prepared a society cost-benefit analysis on the Copenhagen Connecting project. The project includes a platform for linking several of Copenhagen's technological solutions intelligently. In November 2014, the Copenhagen Connecting received the World Smart Cities Award for its integrated approach.

- The Copenhagen Connecting project will provide tangible benefits to the citizens of Copenhagen, for instance smart traffic planning and better rainwater management. If the project is fully implemented, it will generate savings of more than DKK 4 billion a year for the city of Copenhagen, says Henrik Rosenberg Seiding, Executive Director, Ramboll Management Consulting.

- Smart cities arise from integrating solutions across disciplines. To go from smart solutions to truly smart cities, technological solutions should be viewed in light of the city's overall needs and strategy. A holistic mindset focusing on liveability, growth, and sustainability should set the scene for how smart cities can be realised, Henrik Rosenberg Seiding concludes.

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Henrik R. Seiding
Henrik Seiding
Executive Director, Management Consulting
M+45 5161 8255
Neel Strøbæk
Neel Strøbæk
Senior Group Director, Sustainability & CR, Planning & Urban Design
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