Nokia Highlights Smart City Best Practices

by CXOtoday News Desk    Nov 10, 2016

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As the global Smart City market driven by IoT, cloud, sensors and mobility is expected to grow by about a 20 percent CAGR by 2020, Nokia in its recent research revealed ‘The Smart City Playbook’, detailing best practices for smart cities.

Outlining best practices

The research conducted by Machina Research, provides information on successful strategies used by other municipalities to make their cities smarter, safer and more sustainable. The playbook was developed through primary research into the strategies and progress of 22 cities around the world.

Jeremy Green, Principal Analyst at Machina Research and author of the Smart City Playbook, said,“No one said becoming a smart city would be easy. There are lots of choices to be made. The technology and the business models are evolving rapidly, so there are many degrees of uncertainty. Standards are emerging but are by no means finalised. So there is no ‘royal road’ to smartness. But there is a right way to travel – with your eyes open, with realistic expectations, and with a willingness to learn from others.

The research suggests three models of deployments. The ‘anchor’ which involves a city deploying a single application to address a pressing problem such as traffic congestion, and then adding other applications over time. The ‘platform’ route involves building the underlying infrastructure needed to support a wide variety of smart applications and services. While ‘Beta Cities’, try out multiple applications as pilots to see how they perform before making long-term deployment decisions.

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Source: Nokia: Smart city infrastructure

Making smart Indian cities

According to the report, Indian cities too can apply these models in order to achieve success with smart city models. New Delhi for example where smart city initiatives are currently being rolled out, is likely to see progress through 2017 can see transformation with many different stakeholder groups to ensure its plans can meet the needs of citizens, data-backed policy decisions and funding.

Likewise, Pune has established a smart cities budget of over USD 450 million for the next five years and some of Pune’s smart city activities comprise transportation and fleet management, open data platform, lighting, smart meters.

Participation in the national program gives Pune access to shared resources, notably the Ministry of Urban Development’s SmartNet Portal, designed to enable cities to share ideas and source solutions for implementation. 

It is expected that 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urban centers by 2050, making it critical for governments and other stakeholders to put strategies in place to more effectively meet the needs of their growing populations. Intelligent ICT and IoT platforms have essential roles to play in the evolution of smart cities.

According to the study, many cities are already leveraging these technologies to optimize services and infrastructure, make better-informed decisions, boost economic development, encourage social interactions and make their communities safer and eco-friendly while improving the delivery of a range of public services.

“The process of making a city smart is extremely complex, and there are so many different strategies being put forward in the market that choosing the right path for your city can be an enormous challenge. Our goal in commissioning this report by Machina Research was to cut through the clutter and identify strategies that are clearly working for cities,” said, Osvaldo Di Campli, head of Global Enterprise & Public Sector, Nokia.

While the study found significant differences between cities, even amongst those cities following the same route, it also concluded that there are several particular practices used by successful smart cities that would appear to be of universal benefit.