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Three things we learnt from the New Cities Summit

Is it all about technology?

A central theme that flowed through this year’s edition was how far urban technology can take cities. Anil Menon, Global Head of Smart+Connected Cities at Cisco, said the best thing that has happened since the concept of smart cities taking off is that people are focusing more on the technology, but “at the risk of being fired, it’s also the worst thing to have happened”.

“Smart communities are too important to be left to the technologists. Urban tech has to focus on the urban experience and less on the technology itself,” he said.

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