The smart city movement is still in relative infancy. There’s something of an intellectual land-grab afoot, where multi-billion dollar companies are willing to develop smart city applications in exchange for being front-of-mind when it comes to the associated benefits of smart city technologies.
Yet as the excitement dies down and the movement spreads outwards from urban hubs to the suburbs and beyond, a more legitimate business case must be presented if smart technologies are to gain traction. The wow factor is not enough. Local planners, local authorities and local residents need clear socio-economic benefits that save money and improve lives.