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Scan this section for information on the fundamentals of the smart city sector. To further narrow your search, click on one of the topic areas to the right underneath "Smart City Concepts."

The smart city sector is still in the "I know it when I see it" phase, without a universally agreed definition. The Council defines a smart city as one that has digital technology embedded across all city functions; click on any of the articles below for additional perspectives.

City residents need certain essential services for their health, happiness and prosperity. We call those services Responsibilities, since the city has a responsibility to ensure that residents have access.

The Built Environment – which includes all of a city's buildings, parks and public spaces -- is critically important. Though most of the Built Environment is not city-owned, a city government still has enormous influence over what is inside its city limits.

Modern technologies enable a rich new set of communications capabilities that help ensure cities are not only connected in meaningful ways with their citizens, but also aid fast and efficient interdepartmental and interagency communications.

Consultation on Smart Cities

Fri, 2015-06-05 14:38 -- SCC India Staff

Challenges with the Indian Urbanization Scenario - Urbanization in India is rapid and propels social and environmental challenges. Cities are characterized by strained infrastructure which manifests itself in terms of power cuts and water shortages, high cost of living, and unaffordable real estate resulting in urban sprawl and slums, high volume of traffic resulting in pollution and delays.

Shaping New Age Urban Systems Energy, Connectivity & Climate Resilience

Fri, 2015-06-05 14:27 -- SCC India Staff

Indian cities are struggling to accommodate the accelerated pace of urbanization – resulting in crumbling urban infrastructure and unaffordable options for urban accommodation. Urbanization is only bound to rise – with a manufacturing - led, knowledge driven economy forming the core focus of India’s efforts at creating a ‘step change’ in economic growth. Our industrial growth ecosystem must be planned and created – liveable cities will need to enable people to live and work near production zones.

By 2031, the urban share of GDP is expected to rise from 52% to 75%. The national level of urbanisation in India will rise from 31% in 2011 to 50% by 2031, and more than 600 million Indians will choose to live in urban areas. Urban areas of the future will be clustered – almost 50% of all future urban Indians will be concentrated in 87 metropolitan cities.

Nation of Smart Cities An Industry Discussion White Paper

Fri, 2015-06-05 13:25 -- SCC India Staff

India has recently committed to the development and construction of 100 Smart Cities to meet the demands of its rapidly growing and urbanizing population. This effort will include construction of new municipalities and renovation of existing cities as the rural population shifts into urban areas.