Cities are increasingly leveraging technology to tackle urban challenges, optimise city services and infrastructure, and improve the overall quality of life. With increasing urbanisation, cities must be ready to support larger populations that are both ageing and more diverse. Inclusivity in cities can foster stronger communities, as well as innovation and productivity for economic growth and sustainability.
Collaboration and outreach bridges divides. Bridging the digital divide is important within and beyond the city. The city can also be a platform that enables multi-sectoral cooperation. Smart initiatives, when done right, empowers residents in their daily lives.
Big data can help. When supported by sound analyses, big data can help cities with better informed public policies, plans, projects and services. Citizen science is a potential tool for improving data collection, and even has the potential to build social empathy through its processes.
Smart Cities can be inclusive places too. Smart initiatives can enhance inclusivity in cities by creating economic opportunities, improving social well-being, and enhancing ecological protection and sustainability.
I hope you find this issue of Urban Solutions inspiring, and gain some insights on what it means for a liveable city to be Smart with Heart.
Centre for Liveable Cities