Challenges for getting “smart”

  1. Due to rapid urban growth structured development is vital – however no driver / project management that takes a holistic approach. Develoment happens within subsystems alongside each other. 
  2. Traditional / existing silo-structures on side of authorities, industry, academy are not open for collaboration. Fear to loose “competence”, power, benefit, competitive advantage.
  3. Citizens are not used to participation in creating their environment – majority just doesn’t care, many are not able (availability of technology) or capable (education, age related constrains) to use offerings often based on internet-technology (apps).
  4. Clear vision (on authority side) is missing – plans are changed opportunistically.
  5. Big data available – systems don’t interface; exchange of data not “allowed” / data protection; lack of business models.
  6. Real time data is available, but needs to be accessible and transferred into actionable information.
  7. Connect subsystems, think cross-sectoral, collaborate for new business models.
  8. Scale up doesn’t happen – pilots, often funded by EU money, stop after project phase – no “lessons learnt”; no standardization, no transfer to other cities
    * Legacy more complex à processes slower
    * Authorities more complex à decision making much slower
    * Need for products higher à more cost
    * No driver à lack of holistic project leadership
  9. Critical successfactors for smart cities are
    * integration of existing resources and subsystems
    * scalability
    * openness instead of proprietary solutions
    * real time data
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