Smarter Cities: Making Societies Smarter

Peter Mcnerney, Peter J. J. McNerney, Ning Zhang

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Manchester (U.K.), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), and Tshwane-Pretoria (South Africa) are geographically separated and culturally diverse: they are, however, a small selection of cities which share the common aim of using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to operate in new ways---smarter ways. `Smart cities' use recent advances in ICT to make buildings, transport systems, healthcare providers, and businesses operate in safer, more efficient, and more sustainable ways. Making our cities smarter will ultimately allow individuals, regardless of technical ability, to go about their daily activities while minimizing their carbon footprints. In this article we outline the characteristics and features of smart cities, describe how technological solutions are being introduced in the real-world, and explore some of the challenges faced by communications technologies in smart cities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalXRDS: Crossroads
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • Smart Cities
  • Wireless Communication


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