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SMART CITY FOCUS


What exactly is a Smart City?


The Smart City has become a hot topic in the world of transportation, with a lot of attention being placed on planning and implementation of Direct Benefit Services. In the course of some work for ITS America, Bob McQueen has been trying to put some sort the definition of what is meant by the term “Smart City”, from a transportation perspective


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et’s ask that question again: what exactly is a Smart City? An initial thought is that your city is smart if you


poke it with a stick and it reacts appropri- ately. Joking aside, this does capture the essential elements of a Smart City with an ability to sense and respond. The Smart City will have appropriate sensing capabilities to be able to detect both challenges and


opportunities within and beyond the city boundaries. It will also have the intelligence required to define appropriate response strategies. Beyond this high-level definition, what


exactly is a Smart City from a transporta- tion perspective? We offer the following list of services as an early definition of a Smart City.


ASSET AND MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SERVICES A Smart City will feature considerable investment in infrastructure and advanced technologies that must be maintained, tracked and managed beyond the initial implementation. This range of services provides the tools and decision-support necessary to manage the Smart City assets


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