Cities around the world are growing at a rapid rate, whilst there are many positive outcomes from this growth in infrastructure, it is important for individual countries to ensure that key issues are specifically addressed such as climate change, economic development and social segregation.

 

A harmonious relationship between people and a growth in infrastructure is vital in order to ensure stability on a number of levels. A growth in infrastructure has also allowed people to move from rural areas to cities; people believe that there is a chance of a better life in the city; economically they will be better off, have access to modern amenities and education.

 

This vast expansion in population and growing expectations among city dwellers for better quality services and infrastructure will drive demand for ‘smart city solutions’ over the next decade. The World Economic Forum highlighted this in their Inspiring Future Cities & Urban Services report, that “emerging technologies and business models are changing the way urban services are delivered.”

 

Indeed, smart cities today have integrated multiple Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets. However, the application of innovative technologies alone will not guarantee the combination of sustainability and acceptable living standards for future cities. Balancing the growth of infrastructure is a challenge for country leaders who need to ensure measures are in place politically, environmentally, technologically and socially for their country to thrive.

 

Besides government support, and implementing new technologies, what are the other factors that can help cities navigate its way to urban transformation?

 

Find out more in our next blog post.