Smart cities: If it’s not sustainable, it’s not smart

As you’d expect, Singapore’s thinking and approach to being a smart city is advanced. More than a decade ago, it began the first steps towards becoming smart with the digitization of government – e-government. However, as Dr. See-Kiong Ng, Programme Research Director, Institute of Infocomm Research – Singapore says, “Smart city is not just about the government, it’s also about smart businesses and smart people.”

He was speaking at Smart Cities InFocus, held recently in Yinchaun, China, and continued,

“We are looking at the next phase of being a smart city or what we call a smart nation…So here we’re looking at how to harness new ICT such as mobile technology and IoT to improve people’s lives and also to create new economic opportunities…the government [is]providing smart city infrastructure for businesses to exploit and deliver new solutions, create new businesses that can deliver new services to the people.”

Indeed, commenting about the InFocus event, Dr. Ng said,

“It is very eye-opening to hear about smart city projects from different countries, from different continents. It definitely shows that smart cities are coming – are a reality – and it’s very exciting for people like me who are looking at R&D for smart cities”.

See more interviews with senior smart city officials



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    Annie Turner has been researching and writing about the communications industry since the 1980s, editing magazines dedicated to the subject including titles published by Thomson International and The Economist Group. She has contributed articles to many publications, including national and international newspapers such as the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune, and a multitude of business-to-business titles. She joined the TM Forum in 2010 and is responsible for overseeing the content of the Research and Publications portfolio.

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