Smart cities progress: Yes, we can measure it


By: SGN Staff


The process of transforming a city into a smart city is a complicated and multi-faceted process, as is measuring progress toward that goal. But IDC Energy Insights has simplified that part of the process with its Smart Cities Maturity Model, a new tool designed to rank cities' "smartness."


As IDC points out, cities are critical in the socioeconomic development of any country. As the report notes, cities "are essential drivers of economic growth, innovation, social progress, culture, knowledge and diversity."


The smart city transformation affects just about every aspect of a city's operations, including government, buildings, mobility, energy, environment and services. And to add to the complexity involved in coordinating and connecting all of those, initial goals can change over time as planners and developers work to achieve more and better results.


IDC's maturity model breaks the transformation process down into three stages that cities experience as they work to provide a sustainable, improved quality of life: scattered, integrated and connected.


In addition to providing the tools to measure a city's progress, the report provides a detailed definition of the smart cities concept, the key elements in the smart city framework and five recommendations to help cities develop real opportunities in their transformation to smart city status. The critical roles of information and communications technologies and data management and integration also are addressed.


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Smart Cities Maturity Model