This annual report is a valuable resource of information on the global development of smart cities and societies and incorporates key insights, statistics, examples and trends. It provides BuddeComm’s insights into the overarching importance of developing intelligent communities to pave the way for the future. It examines the sectors of Smart Transport, Home Area Networks and Artificial Intelligence. The report includes examples of smart community development from selected countries across Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Europe.
Please note, for information on Smart Grids and M2M, see separate annual publication.
Subjects covered include:
Researchers:- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Lucia Bibolini, Peter Evans, Paul Kwon, Henry Lancaster, Peter Lange.
Current publication date:- September 2013 (2nd Edition)
Smart cities are going to be amazing community hubs which will be more sustainable, efficient and supportive of citizens. The concept of smart communities is based on intelligent infrastructure such as broadband (fibre and wireless) and smart grids, which will create connected and sustainable communities. Around the world there are already examples of smart cities emerging and many countries have developed plans for smart infrastructure. However before these smart communities can be built properly; trans-sector policies and holistic strategies should be carefully considered and developed.
The infrastructure systems used in cities around the world to manage water, energy, food supply, transport, communication, economic and social structures are faltering. Cities are the major polluters as they generate the vast bulk of CO2 emissions. Half of the world’s population are already city-dwellers, and this trend towards increased urbanization is accelerating rapidly. The future of the majority of the world’s citizens is undeniably urban – 70% will live in cities by 2050. But how exactly that city of tomorrow will look and how smart living is implemented and experienced remains largely uncertain and will most likely vary around the world.
Due to the many global economic, social and environmental issues – it has become imperative that we must now look at every opportunity to build smarter communities. These should incorporate cross-sector public safety, carbon neutral, state of the art communications networks - linked to a new generation of social services provided by government, such as e-government, e-health and e-education.
Leadership from the top is needed if this is to be achieved. It is called the trans-sector approach and ICT is the glue needed to build more horizontal collaborative structures. Whether we are talking about smart cities, smart transport, smart grids, smart buildings or e-health – what is needed is useful data that can be analysed in real time, allowing people and/or machines to make instant decisions in relation to energy efficiency, traffic situations, weather activities, and personal health issues - as well as commercial decisions. Smart infrastructure and the development of machine-to-machine (M2M) is what is needed to link these sectors together in a dynamic way.
It is becoming clearer that we may have reached a ceiling in our intellectual ability to address the complex issues that society is facing. Society lacks the capacity that is required to address the holistic nature of the current challenges. Without that analytic capacity it will be impossible to come up with the right answers. We have arrived at times like this before in our history and they typically led to collapses of civilisations and the arrival of serious declines in living standards. If we are to avoid similar calamities, we need to break through that ceiling and find new tools to help us to create a smarter society – and developments in Artificial intelligence (AI) may assist this.
BuddeComm’s new report, Global Smart Infrastructure – A Future of Smart Cities and Artificial Intelligence, provides important insights into why smart communities and smart cities are the way forward and will play an important role in the world’s future. This unique report also includes information on smart transport, home area networks and artificial intelligence. In addition it includes valuable examples of smart city developments from selected countries across Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Europe.
Examples of key insights:
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year
Table of Contents
Number of pages 84
Last updated 3 Sep 2013
Analyst: Kylie Wansink
As you know, I have resigned from the Labor Ministry and have decided not to re-contest the seat of Charlton at the next election – both for personal reasons.
Before leaving Parliament, I particularly wish to record my thanks to you for your generous and constructive participation in the deliberations that generated significant economic policy reforms for the Australian community. Continuous economic transformation is a key challenge that faces all Governments.
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