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"Many believe smart cities are just about advanced ICT infrastructure, but it is more than that, it’s about creating a better place for people to live and work."

PETER ELLIOTT, SMART CITIES CONSULTING, PA CONSULTING GROUP

Smart cities development

Maria Pellegrini
GeoConnexion
September 2010

Peter Elliott, smart cities expert at PA Consulting Group, has been interviewed by GeoConnexion on the key issues in developing smart cities.  Peter talks about data, cutting-edge services, security and privacy as well as monopoly issues. 

Commenting on how you could define a smart city, Peter says: “Many believe smart cities are just about advanced ICT infrastructure, but it is more than that, it’s about creating a better place for people to live and work.  Key to this is the principle of connectivity between information systems and then making intelligent use of data gathered through this connectivity.”

Peter goes on to comment on how smart cities might work in small towns and remote areas: “For example, in Scotland, we would talk about the feasibility if putting infrastructure in some remote Scottish towns to improve access to services.”

Peter also talks about who is responsible for smart data and how intelligently it can be used, as well as the privacy concerns. 


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