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Step 2: Identify your objectives

How to Convert Your City into Smart City


Once a city knows where it stands in terms of its Smart City maturity, it has to determine where it wants to go by identifying Smart City objectives.


According to Alicia Asìn, CEO of Libelium, cities must define the end objectives behind their aspiration to become “smart.” Similarly, Jeff Cassis, SVP Global Lighting Systems at Philips Lighting, argues that an important challenge is to reflect on and understand a city’s strategy and vision, and then design clear goals and objectives for becoming a Smart City.


Jérôme Degryse, CEO of BH Technologies, cited an incident in which city workers were not aligned with the priorities of the politicians, creating major problems during implementation.


Wladimir Boric argued that Smart City projects should never be launched without a clear vision of the end goal, since they are often long-term, expensive projects; if the goals are not clear from the onset, the project usually ends badly.


Smart City objectives can be identified by looking at three distinct categories of drivers:


  1. City or departmental strategy

  2. Challenges and problems of a City

  3. City administration, citizen and business needs or experience




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