What is a smart city?
Digi.City's Definition: A city that integrates data-driven insights gathered from connected technology to(1) improve the efficiency of city operations and (2) create an optimized, more enjoyable urban experience.
"a broad, integrated approach to improving the efficiency of city operations, the quality of life for its citizens, and growing the local economy." - Boyd Cohen, What Exactly Is A Smart City, Fast Co.Exist
"I view a smart city as a resilient city — one that is technologically enabled, connected and agile to address 21st-century environmental, social and economic challenges." - Mike O’Leary , Cities of the future: the importance of making the Twin Cities smart
"Smart City technologies have two different features. One is optimization, such as using road infrastructure better, via self-driving cars, and efficiency. The other aspect is being more social. How can we come together to use the city better and waste less?" - Carlo Ratti interviewed in The Future of Smart City Technology, From an MIT Professor, Curbed
"Hundreds of aging cities have embraced digital technology, but few are moving as quickly as New York to link municipal computer networks, develop novel applications, make digital data public or install so many thousands of sensors to monitor urban life—from water quality, traffic and power use, to the sound of gunfire." - Robert Lee Hotz, As The World Crowds In, Cities Become Digital Laboratories, Wall Street Journal
"Until recently, smart city solutions often seemed more like “slideware” than real services to improve the quality of life of citizens and the productivity of urban businesses. But the falling cost of connectivity and computing power is finally enabling municipalities to deploy innovative solutions that promise to tackle some of the thorny challenges they face." - Dave Pringle, Five Very Smart Cities, Industrial IoT 5G
"A Smart City is an urban development that unites the needs of the citizens in a sustainable and secure way. All buildings, cars and machines are connected, constantly transmitting data to improve and develop the city. Road monitors can report real-time traffic to cars, easing traffic and reducing the risk of road collisions, for example, and Smart Cities have also developed e-learning education and 24/7 healthcare, providing modern services to all inhabitants.
Alongside this, Smart City technology can monitor the pollution and chemical levels in the air and water supply, reducing the risk of both air and water contamination. Smart energy sources are also implemented, to ensure the city is developing and continuing its sustainability. These innovations, alongside countless others, mean Smart Cities can enormously improve the standard of living for the citizens and sustain the environment long term... - Jarosław Czaja, How to Build a Smart City, IT ProPortal