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Canada: Five Things That Make a Smart City Smart
Source: itbusiness.ca
Source Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Country: Canada
Created: Nov 19, 2012

We hear the term “smart city” a lot these days, and it can mean different things according to the context. But with the Technicity 2012 event coming up later this month in Toronto, it's important to drill down and consider just what makes a smart city, well, smart.

In an article in ComputerWorld, Lauren Brousell offers five things that we need to know about smart cities, and her list is certainly a good place to begin the conversation. Two of her five have a similar theme, and it's definitely on point: it's not all about cool technology, and you need more than just IT. Great technology for technology's sake is useless unless it engages citizens, and improves their lives in meaningful ways. She has three further points that any city looking to get smart(er) should consider.

Cities may also want to consider the example of four Canadian communities that made the Intelligent Community Forum's Smart 21 list of intelligent communities – Winnipeg, and three Ontario cities, Stratford, Kingston and Toronto. Helping Toronto make the list was Waterfront Toronto's project with Beanfield Metroconnect to build Canada's first open access ultra high speed broadband community network, and hopefully revive Toronto's underutilized waterfront area.
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