Smart Cities Forum

Introduction:

Cities play vital role towards a sustainable future of mankind, and will continue to play an important role for the future of our natural and built environment.  Making cities more efficient, balanced and healthy can accommodate the expanding human population, in ways that can protect ecological fabric, which our society relies upon. Finding sustainable solutions require that we integrate the learning outcomes from all areas of science, technology and design.Different cities in different geographies and at different stages of development may wish to tailor these characteristics to suit their local context and priorities. Hence, a smart city should be described as one that dramatically increases the pace at which it improves its sustainability and resilience; -by fundamentally improving how it engages society, how it applies collaborative leadership methods, how it works across disciplines and city systems, and how it uses data and integrated technologies; -in order to provide better services and quality of life to those who live in the city and to those involved with the city (residents, businesses, visitors). To address these issues first requires we research and accurately compiled city level data, and then the capacity to calculate and visualize new, alternative and progressive forms of urbanization. The Smart Cities Forum at UMT acts as an anchor program, with the School of Architecture (SAP). The forum convenes collaborative, cross-disciplinary research that bridges the fields of urban governance, design, technology and economics. Moroever, to bring together leaders from these varied realms, and to advance the process by which smart cities can emerge, a new online platform hopes to join hands with IEC, in partnership with ISO and ITU. As the foremost standard development organizations in the world, the International Electrotechnical Commission, International Organization for Standardization and the International Telecommunication Union.

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