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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

'Smart City Playbook' by Nokia identifies best practices from 22 cities


Nokia has launched 'The Smart City Playbook', a strategy report that documents best practices for some 22 smart cities, reports ITRealms.

The playbook, ITRealms gathered, provides concrete guidance to city leaders on successful strategies used by other municipalities to make their cities smarter, safer and more sustainable.

Commissioned by Nokia and developed by Machina Research, a leading provider of strategic market intelligence on the Internet of Things (IoT), the playbook was developed through primary research into the strategies and progress of 22 cities around the world.

ITRealms also reports that the study uncovered significant diversity in the smart city strategies of different cities, but identified three distinct 'routes' that cities are taking to make themselves smarter.

The 'anchor' route 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.

ITRealms also gathered that 'Beta Cities' by contrast, try out multiple applications as pilots to see how they perform before making long-term deployment decisions.

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.

“Successful cities have established open and transparent rules for the use of data (on which all smart cities are dependent) by government departments and third parties, whether shared freely or monetized to cover data management costs,” part of the report said.


In addition, Nokia says many cities that are advanced in their smart city journeys have committed to making both information and communications technology (ICT) and IoT infrastructure accessible to users both inside and outside of government, and have avoided the creation of 'silos' between government departments.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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