Building smart cities is a long and hard process which will need new governance models. Accurate and pervasive data collection is required along with real-time analytics to generate relevant insights for these models. Predictive analytics will also be helpful in identifying possible issues and mitigating them before they happen. The ability to address large datasets quickly will require the use of powerful data center technologies or supercomputers. This is where the private sector plays a key role. By forming public-private partnerships with technology vendors and other enterprises governments can leverage their expertise to build customized solutions best suited to provide maximum benefits to their residents.
The determining factor between success and failure is ensuring these solutions are human-centric. A successful smart city needs to promote a Human-Centric Intelligent Society which brings together three key value drivers - creativity, intelligence and connectedness. Each value is derived from dimensions of people, information and infrastructure. As people are the key fabric of smart cities, the solutions need to incorporate their viewpoints. This can occur through discussions with communities to resolve local issues and develop sustainable circulating social values as part of empowering people with digital technology.
An example of a human-centric solution is Fujitsu's project to help Stanley Electric cut energy consumption at 27 of its main plants worldwide. Fujitsu built a system that revealed new insights into various aspects of the energy-savings programs to its staff, including real-time status of electricity consumption, progress toward energy reduction targets, and comparisons between plants. The system includes a communications feature which allowed staff to share their observations and accelerate their progress in energy-saving activities.
There will be continued growth of smart cities across Asia Pacific as governments drive technologies that solve existing and emerging urban problems, providing opportunities that enterprises can leverage along the way. Leaders need to apply a holistic view to generate cross-project synergies. It is also critical to identify priority areas and solve real problems to ensure efficient returns on investments.
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