Tech Does Not Make Cities Smart

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
1/25/2014 12:13:04 PM
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Re: The meaning of smart
Using technology to solve real problems, gives current residents more confidence and others a reason to consider becoming a stakeholder.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/15/2014 1:40:18 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: The meaning of smart
Great point, Pablo. Sometimes it's time to reconsider how to work with things the way they are, to reschedule various points in the supply chain, for instance, rather than to try and impose expensive tech on the problem. That can not only be tough to implement, it can be tough for everyone to adjust to, making matters even more complicated.

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
1/14/2014 12:19:08 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: The meaning of smart
Thank you Mary. I read this morning an article that puts Barcelona as the #4 smartest city in Europe, ahead of London, Stockholm and Paris. The author focused more in how cities work on traffic issues, promote cycling and collaboration, and focuses on developing new initiatives for technology companies to thrive in the area. 

As deputy mayor Antoni Vives said, we don't need more pilots for new technologies, but real solutions to real problems. Technology is not always the answer.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/14/2014 10:04:15 AM
User Rank Staff
The meaning of smart
Thanks for this post, Pablo. It's really heartening to hear a supplier talk about the need for focus in technology -- though of course, that's the only way to succeed with city governments these days, it seems. So it's also great to hear cities getting "smart" about what they really need from tech and more realistic about their expectations of it.

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