The future of smart cities

A foresight report on the future of Smart Cities, looking at all most important social, economic and technological vectors

Along the last 10 years, Smart City design matured from Big Data and automation to social innovation and inclusion, with a shifting focus from infrastructure to citizens and citizenship. Because of this historical development, a “Smart City” is not determined in its “smartness” by its size, geographical position, or other quantitative standards.

The benefits of "The Future of Smart Cities" :

Because of the complexity and contradictions that are intrinsically structural to the Smart City domain, this report will focus on a main body of analysis, establishing scope and limitations of the concept, to then illustrate the prospect impact of five specific macro-vectors, as it is already visible in selected manifestations and trends in the making. In particular, for this report, the following points of critical challenge and probable growth by the change were identified and dissected:

1) mobility, including autonomous vehicle

2) infrastructure, architecture, and lighting

3) security, safety, and privacy

4) hospitality, tourism, and leisure

5) inclusion, procurement, and employment


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70 pages, 5 vectors, Definition of Smart City, Origin of the concept and development. Summary and Conclusions

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Key elements

Five key components of the Analysis, included in the foresight report


Mobility is the primary vector of change in the smart city midterm futures: from car sharing, to autonomous vehicles, and pedestrian city centers.


Infrastructure will be key to determine the future of functions, functionalities, and programs of smart cities.


When we think of autonomous vehicles, safety and privacy are top concerns of manufacturers and innovators operating in the smart city arenas, while security is a key promise in the overall discourse.


Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure are the great promise of economic growth for cities, that have developed since the 1980s a portfolio of tools, processes, and practices to leverage free time of visitors as well as citizens as a resource.


Inclusion will increasingly be an enabling driver and a necessary condition for smart cities to develop into destinations for tourism and for business.

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