Virus impact over each market - telecom operators, government agencies and regulators' responses - revised forecasts for the next 5 years.
Last updated: 24 May 2017 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 12
Analyst: Phil Harpur
The following report is written by Paul Budde.
Interestingly, during the process of establishing the Smart City Industry Collaborative one of the blue chip companies I contacted indicated that they were not a big fan of smart cities as their company was not really in the business of ‘making people happy’. They were selling ICTs to ‘make cities smarter’.
This conversation took place a few months ago, but it has made me think more about happiness. The term can be rather fuzzy, so here is my interpretation of ‘happiness’ in this context …..
I see it to mean well-being – a state of affairs where people live in an atmosphere of inclusion, security and stability, with a fairly optimistic view of the future; where they feel their primary needs are being taken care of by a responsible governing body; and, importantly, where they have some influence and control over their own lives. Based on the various global developments over the last few decades it has become clear that people’s well-being should be a key issue in policy-making, both globally and locally.
In the context of the field of our expertise I believe that smart technologies can assist in this.
Subsequently I explored the topic further during some of the in-depth discussions I have had with policy-makers, industry leaders – and with some of you, being the citizens in all this turmoil. I will elaborate on this in this blog.
After an overall assessment of community issues around stability and security, I bring the article back to smart cities, in order to see where this development fits into these broader social and economic developments.
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