What does it mean to be "smart"?

Smart is integration of various information technology into the management of city assets. This includes the use of data analytics to manage the city’s water, energy, waste, traffic, education, safety and many other city assets. The aim of being Smart is to improve quality of life and prosperity. The Smart Guidelines is meant to be duplicated in all cities and is full of case studies. Below, we provided a brief summary of each of our six guidelines. 

 1. SMART TELECOMMUNICATIONS  Smart telecommunications serves as the basis for many of the other smart city applications. It refers to the ability for a city to have a system of networked devices that can interact and communicate with each other. Smart data collection using sensors can help cities optimize and improve efficiency in a number of areas. Rio de Janeiro makes many important decisions based on data from its smart telecommunications network

1. SMART TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Smart telecommunications serves as the basis for many of the other smart city applications. It refers to the ability for a city to have a system of networked devices that can interact and communicate with each other. Smart data collection using sensors can help cities optimize and improve efficiency in a number of areas. Rio de Janeiro makes many important decisions based on data from its smart telecommunications network

 2. SMART MOBILITY  Smart mobility is about making existing transit services more efficient, while also increasing multi-modal trips and making them more convenient. For example, the city of Melbourne worked with Transmax to improve congestion and traffic flow on its busiest freeway. They installed an on-ramp metering system to manage traffic demand so that it would not exceed the freeway's capacity. The project reduced travel time by 42% and reduced accidents by 30%

2. SMART MOBILITY

Smart mobility is about making existing transit services more efficient, while also increasing multi-modal trips and making them more convenient. For example, the city of Melbourne worked with Transmax to improve congestion and traffic flow on its busiest freeway. They installed an on-ramp metering system to manage traffic demand so that it would not exceed the freeway's capacity. The project reduced travel time by 42% and reduced accidents by 30%

 3. SMART GOVERNANCE  Smart governance encompasses a wide range of technologies, including water, waste, and gas management. Most of these technologies are primarily used by municipal utilities, but often they require citizen and residents to engage with the technology and change behaviors to realize natural resource savings. For example, when Philadelphia and Boston began replacing their trash cans with BigBelly solar trash compactors, they significantly reduced the amount of trips to empty out the trash cans. This saved Philadelphia $720,000 annually.

3. SMART GOVERNANCE

Smart governance encompasses a wide range of technologies, including water, waste, and gas management. Most of these technologies are primarily used by municipal utilities, but often they require citizen and residents to engage with the technology and change behaviors to realize natural resource savings. For example, when Philadelphia and Boston began replacing their trash cans with BigBelly solar trash compactors, they significantly reduced the amount of trips to empty out the trash cans. This saved Philadelphia $720,000 annually.

 4. SMART ENERGY MANAGEMENT  Smart energy management will allow cities to take advantage of valuable decentralized energy resources to make the grid more reliable, affordable, and environmentally clean. New smart technologies allow citizens to integrate their building heating, car charging, and other electricity end-use with grid management. In Washington D.C., a case study found that large amounts of electricity in three commercial office buildings do no useful work, do not contribute to operation or the tenant's needs. Real-time energy management led to a 13.2% reduction in electricity use. The project has a recurring cost of $65,520 per year with savings of $218,703 per year.

4. SMART ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Smart energy management will allow cities to take advantage of valuable decentralized energy resources to make the grid more reliable, affordable, and environmentally clean. New smart technologies allow citizens to integrate their building heating, car charging, and other electricity end-use with grid management. In Washington D.C., a case study found that large amounts of electricity in three commercial office buildings do no useful work, do not contribute to operation or the tenant's needs. Real-time energy management led to a 13.2% reduction in electricity use. The project has a recurring cost of $65,520 per year with savings of $218,703 per year.

 5. SMART SAFETY  Smart safety means targeted monitoring of a specific neighborhood, or it can mean a security system that covers an entire city. Cities have the option of scaling a smart safety system to suit their needs. Moreover, police are often overstretched and crime can be difficult to predict. Smart technologies can be used to monitor high-crime areas and increase safety in public spaces. They can improve urban resilience to natural disaster or fires, which can impose huge economic cost if a city is unprepared. In one example, Mexico City in collaboration with Thales implemented a smart safety system including 8,000 video cameras, gunshot sensors, license plate recognition cameras, aerial drones, and emergency call points. According to Telmex, crime in the metro area has decreased 80%, car thefts decreased by 8%, and criminal activity down by 35%.

5. SMART SAFETY

Smart safety means targeted monitoring of a specific neighborhood, or it can mean a security system that covers an entire city. Cities have the option of scaling a smart safety system to suit their needs. Moreover, police are often overstretched and crime can be difficult to predict. Smart technologies can be used to monitor high-crime areas and increase safety in public spaces. They can improve urban resilience to natural disaster or fires, which can impose huge economic cost if a city is unprepared. In one example, Mexico City in collaboration with Thales implemented a smart safety system including 8,000 video cameras, gunshot sensors, license plate recognition cameras, aerial drones, and emergency call points. According to Telmex, crime in the metro area has decreased 80%, car thefts decreased by 8%, and criminal activity down by 35%.

 6. SMART PUBLIC SERVICES  Particularly for large cities, citizens and residents need a way to communicate with the government. Smart public services can help people communicate with their local government in addition to expand the local government's ability to understand and better serve its people. For example, Kansas City has installed 25 kiosks with information, such as city news and announcements, services, current events, transportation services, local business information, and entertainment in collaboration with Cisco. 

6. SMART PUBLIC SERVICES

Particularly for large cities, citizens and residents need a way to communicate with the government. Smart public services can help people communicate with their local government in addition to expand the local government's ability to understand and better serve its people. For example, Kansas City has installed 25 kiosks with information, such as city news and announcements, services, current events, transportation services, local business information, and entertainment in collaboration with Cisco.