Book Description

Become empowered to build and maintain smarter cities 

At its core, a smart city is a collection of technological responses to the growing demands, challenges, and complexities of improving the quality of life for billions of people now living in urban centers across the world.

The movement to create smarter cities is still in its infancy, but ambitious and creative projects in all types of cities—big and small—around the globe are beginning to make a big difference. New ideas, powered by technology, are positively changing how we move humans and products from one place to another; create and distribute energy; manage waste; combat the climate crisis; build more energy efficient buildings; and improve basic city services through digitalization and the smart use of data. 

Inside this book you’ll find out:

  • What it really means to create smarter cities
  • How our urban environments are being transformed
  • Big ideas for improving the quality of life for communities
  • Guidance on how to create a smart city strategy
  • The essential role of data in building better cities
  • The major new technologies ready to make a difference in every community

Smart Cities For Dummies will give you the knowledge to understand this important topic in depth and be ready to be an agent of change in your community.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. Foolish Assumptions
    3. Icons Used in This Book
    4. How This Book Is Organized
    5. Beyond the Book
    6. Where to Go from Here
  3. Part 1: Making Cities Our Home
    1. Chapter 1: Comprehending the Past, Present, and Future of Cities
      1. Discovering the Origin of Cities
      2. Comprehending the Impact of the Industrial Revolutions
      3. Urbanizing the Planet
    2. Chapter 2: Defining Smart Cities
      1. Identifying Smart Cities
      2. Building the Case for Smarter Cities
      3. Examining Examples of Smart Cities
    3. Chapter 3: Responding to the Needs and Challenges of Cities
      1. Mapping the Evolving Needs and Challenges of Cities
      2. Expecting Different Results
      3. Transforming Urbanization
  4. Part 2: Building a Smarter City
    1. Chapter 4: Starting from Zero
      1. Establishing a Vision
      2. Building a Smart City Team
    2. Chapter 5: Creating a Smart City Strategy
      1. Building the Plan
      2. Codifying the Plan
    3. Chapter 6: Enabling a Smart City Strategy
      1. Putting the Building Blocks in Place
      2. Governing the Strategy
  5. Part 3: Using Smart City Technologies
    1. Chapter 7: Embracing Urban Innovation
      1. Defining Urban Innovation
      2. Implementing Urban Innovation
    2. Chapter 8: Enabling Change through Technology
      1. Recognizing Technological Change in Modern Cities
      2. Exploring a Variety of Urban Technologies
    3. Chapter 9: Unleashing the Power of City Data
      1. Becoming City-Data-Savvy
      2. Working with City Data
  6. Part 4: Planning for an Urban Future
    1. Chapter 10: Building a Secure Foundation
      1. Securing Your Smart City
      2. Addressing Digital Security and Privacy
    2. Chapter 11: Imagining the City of the Future
      1. Recognizing That the Best Is Yet to Come
      2. Envisioning Big Ideas
    3. Chapter 12: Engaging in Your City’s Future
      1. Embracing an Urban Future
      2. Making a Better Tomorrow
  7. Part 5: The Part of Tens
    1. Chapter 13: Ten Smart City Pitfalls to Avoid
      1. Making Your Smart City Project a Tech Program and Putting IT in Charge
      2. Garnering Insufficient Support and Engagement from Stakeholders
      3. Limiting Efforts to Your City Boundaries
      4. Paying Insufficient Attention to Inclusiveness Issues
      5. Moving Forward with Inadequate Governance
      6. Working with No Clear Vision for the Program
      7. Downplaying the Essential Roles of Security and Privacy
      8. Sharing Successes and Failures Too Narrowly
      9. Sticking Stubbornly to the Old Ways of Doing Things
      10. Thinking Too Short-Term
    2. Chapter 14: Ten Ways Cities Will Define Our Human Future
      1. Most People Will Live, Work, and Play Their Entire Lives in Cities
      2. The Increasing Demands of Sustainability Will Shape Human Behavior
      3. City Interactions Will Increasingly Be Digital
      4. City Data Will Drive Community Decision-Making
      5. People Will Have Expanded Opportunities to Co-Create and Collaborate on Urban Solutions
      6. Crime May Be Reduced Significantly
      7. More Diversity Will Show Up in What Humans Do and How They Work
      8. The Way People and Goods Move Will Continue to Evolve
      9. The Delivery of Healthcare Will Be Transformed
      10. Everything Will Be Delivered
  8. Part 6: Appendixes
    1. Appendix A: Smart City Strategies
      1. AFRICA
      2. ASIA
      3. AUSTRALIA
      4. EUROPE
      5. MIDDLE EAST
    2. Appendix B: Smart City Organizations
    3. Appendix C: Open Data Portals
      1. AFRICA
      2. ASIA
      6. MIDDLE EAST
    4. Appendix D: Solutions Built on Open Data
    5. Appendix E: City Performance Dashboards
      1. ASIA
      3. EUROPE
      4. MIDDLE EAST
  9. Index
  10. About the Author
  11. Connect with Dummies
  12. End User License Agreement