While there has been no universally accepted definition of a smart city, it varies from people to people. The Smart City’s conceptualisation, therefore, varies from city to city and country to country, determined by the level of development, willingness to change and reform, resources and aspirations of the city residents.
One can understand it like what a Smart City may be for people living in any African country than for people living in an Asian country. It wouldn’t be erroneous to state that there is no one way of describing a smart city in different situations.
The concept integrates ICT with various physical devices connected to the network (the Internet of things or IoT) to optimise the efficiency of city operations and services and connect to citizens.
Smart city technology enables officials of a city for a direct communication with the community and city infrastructure. It has right provision for officials to monitor what is happening in the city and how the city is evolving.
In the light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Smart Cities Mission, the Smart Cities are worked on to promote cities that provide core infrastructure. These cities should be able to offer a decent quality of life to its people and a clean, sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solution.