'You can't have a smart city while your roads are clogged with traffic or your sewage system is not efficiently in place,' he said. 'You have to first get your basic infrastructure right before you move on to becoming a smart city'.
In the Digital Government Maturity Model, the challenge is that it gets increasingly difficult to achieve excellence, moving from the basic Lead to Platinum status. Another key component of a smart government, according to Pressley, is to ensure cyber-security for a city's or country's assets and its citizen's data.
The higher you are in the maturity model, the more vulnerable you are to cyber attacks, so security of a crucial aspect of having a Smart government, he added.
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