Deloitte's Framework for Smart Cities and the journey to the “Cloud”
Any city’s long-range plans should include smart city strategies. Deloitte has developed a framework to help cities think through relevant strategic choices and achieve three common goals:
Quality of Life:
One goal is to enhance every aspect of daily life, from safe streets to green spaces, from reasonable commutes to access to art and culture. A smart city can create an environment that promotes the best of urban living and minimizes the hassles of city life. Smart cities, ultimately, are great places to live.
Cities are centers of trade and commerce that assemble diverse economic forces to drive an innovative economy. A smart city aims to be business-friendly, ensuring enough jobs and tax revenue to form a healthy economy.
Smart cities help ensure that economic growth and quality of life are promoted not just in the short term, but for future generations as well. Wise stewardship of the environment and sustainable consumption of natural resources are essential elements of the overall smart city vision.
Smart cities exist at the intersection of digital technology, disruptive innovation, and urban environments. They’re exciting places to work and live, and breeding grounds for new ideas. New ideas and new technologies can be brought to bear in concrete ways that enhance the lives of citizens and create a brighter future. By leveraging technology, cities can improve efficiency, sustainability, and competitiveness — offering a better economy and higher quality of life to its citizens. Smart cities are the wave of the future.