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The smart city ecosystem

There’s no doubt that technology is a key enabler for smart cities. Improved performance in smaller form factors have opened up all kinds of theoretical possibilities. Ongoing reductions in costs have made it now possible to realise many of those theories.

But at heart, the creation of the smart city is not a technology issue. It has always been about liveability: about enabling a greater number of people to live together in comfort and with efficient use of limited resources. Cities that achieve this goal can expect to attract a greater number of businesses and individuals that can boost the local economy and continue the virtuous circle of creating an appealing place to live and work. Technology in this instance is the key enabler–but it is not the primary driver.

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