Smart Cities - How Cities Can Contribute to Social Stability and Security

Report Cover Image

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.

Related Reports

Share this Report

TMT Intelligence

A platform to scale your intelligence tasks

Monitor critical insights with our AI-powered Market Intelligence Platform gathering and analyzing intelligence in real time. With AI trained to spot emerging trends and detect new strategic opportunities, our clients use TMT Intelligence to accelerate their growth.

If you want to know more about it, please see:

TMT Intelligence Platform

Research Methodology

BuddeComm's strategic business reports contain a combination of both primary and secondary research statistics, analyses written by our senior analysts supported by a network of experts, industry contacts and researchers from around the world as well as our own scenario forecasts.

For more details, please see:

Research Methodology

More than 4,000 customers from 140 countries utilise BuddeComm Research

Are you interested in BuddeComm's Custom Research Service?

News & Views

Have the latest telecommunications industry news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to BuddeComm's weekly newsletter.