As urban areas are getting more crowded and falling increasingly short on future development potential, development of new self-sustaining cities are emerging as an alternate solution to these problems. Technology is at the heart of these new self-sustaining cities enabling automation and real-time integrated city monitoring and management through a network of sensors, cameras, wireless devices and data centers. Also referred to as smart cities, these new self-sustaining cities are a developed urban area that creates sustainable economic development and high quality of life by excelling in multiple key areas like economy, environment, energy efficiency, mobility, governance, people and living conditions.
Smart cities, on one hand, present a substantial growth opportunity in the coming years, while on the other offers various challenges as well. Smart city projects are rather complex with residential and commercial spaces supported by an infrastructure backbone for power, roads, water, drainage and sewage i.e. a virtual living and breathing city. A critical success factor is a need for a common technology platform to enable integration, coordination and synergistic functioning of different participants of the smart city ecosystem.
A centralized information system based on GIS (Geographical Information System) provides an IT framework which integrates not only every stakeholder but also every aspect of smart city processes – starting from conceptualization, planning, and development to maintenance.
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