What sets a smart city apart? Arguably, the smart city is differentiated — and driven — by its ability to evaluate its existing infrastructure; identify inefficiencies and opportunities for technological enhancement; and integrate intelligent solutions that streamline everyday operations. This, of course, is easier said than done, especially considering the costs of technology implementation and the significant demands of managing and maintaining daily city operations.
In order to competitively attract visitors, commerce and residents, cities worldwide are finding ways to facilitate smart city transformation. A starting point for many cities is pinpointing which existing resources can be maximized by integrating complementary solutions, instead of overhauling and replacing current infrastructure entirely.