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"Our work can be used as a blueprint for European cities and what they need to do to become a smart city. "


Building a digital city

Peter Elliott
Financial Times
13 June 2010


Peter Elliott, a wireless broadband specialist at PA Consulting Group, has contributed to the Financial Times Digital Business podcast on what makes a smart city.

In the podcast, Peter explains the role of design technology in the smart city and the benefits of a smart city for residents. Peter also raises some of the concerns that have been voiced about privacy, pointing out that smart homes create a large amount of data - you can even tell if somebody is using a kettle or a toaster. The need for privacy and the benefits of new technology need to be balanced, says Peter.

Peter goes on to talk about the smart cities work PA is doing in Saudi Arabia: "We are currently involved in a project called King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi, the world’s first private city. We are using our experience here and mapping this back to European cities. Our work can be used as a blueprint for European cities and what they need to do to become a smart city. They may have a legacy issue, but this is still a good example of how you would do things."

Peter is clear that a smart city is a better place to live, and when asked to name the smartest city in the world, points to Singapore as a vision of a global digital hub.

You can listen to the FT podcast here

To view PA's pages on being smart in the changing macro environment, please click here.


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