What is a smart city?

Cities around the world are adopting “smart” strategies, focusing on the use of data and technology to inform their decisions and implement solutions that improve livability and create positive social, economic and environmental outcomes for their residents.

Smart cities have the potential to improve every aspect of community life – how people move around, how they live and play, how they earn a living, how they learn and are empowered to participate in society, how they interact with the natural environment, and how they create safe and secure public spaces.

So what does a smart city look like? While the term “smart” may conjure up images of flying cars and robots, technology is not the driving force behind a smart city; its people are at the heart. Planning and transformation on smart cities should always be inspired by the needs of its citizens.

Have a smart project idea but not interested in submitting a formal proposal? You can still stay involved. Submit your suggestions online through our website or share with us on social media – don’t forget to use the #smartcitiescanada and #smartsouthisland hashtags!

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How can a “smart cities” approach help South Island residents be happy and reach their potential?

On the South Island we’re woven together by a rich tapestry that includes 13 municipalities and 9 First Nation communities. We are all interconnected, so utilizing a collaborative approach rooted in partnerships is important when developing a “smart” strategy for the region.

Collaboration and public engagement are key to understanding our challenges so that we can leverage data and technology to create effective smart solutions.

As part of the Smart South Island Initiative, we want to know what does your Smart South Island look like? How can we utilize smart technology to create a positive impact for communities across our region? Share your ideas with us through social media!