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How to build a smart city – the blueprint

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11.07.2018

SMART cities have the power to transform the world around us, making these urban areas a melting pot of culture, community, and business, all powered by technology.

Truth be told, many people think a smart city is a data challenge. But it’s not. It’s also an innovation challenge.

“Innovation will be key for Singapore’s Smart Nation success but data alone will not be sufficient to realise this success,” highlighted Leslie Ong, Country Manager, Southeast Asia, Tableau Software who is working with the Singapore government to elevate its Smart Nation program.

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However, building a smart city isn’t the easiest thing to do. Many factors come into play and ultimately, it depends on the balance of objectives or vision of what the committees want the city to achieve.

Sometimes cost efficiency takes precedence, sometimes attracting talents and investments from world-class companies are key, and in other cases, the safety and security of citizens are the focus. Smart City imperatives also need to be clear also on the budget and risk profiles.

Singapore’s historic Old Hill Street Police Station, now home to its Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. Source: Shutterstock

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