Alongside what government and business can achieve for a smarter city, I think we should add a topic for the next conference – citizen (or community) generated capability. (We should add economic development, too, but that’s for another post).
On BBC World News last night Andy Stanford-Clark’s twittering home was featured – devices in his house send tweets to alert him of conditions like, say, your garden hose is leaking and doing bad things to your water meter levels…
Now Andy is a very clever and tech-savvy person, and a pioneer in many ways. But the barriers to entry to doing things like this are massively lower then they were even two years ago. You can find increasing numbers of citizens, and communities of ordinary people, providing wonderful capabilities that support the “smarter city” idea.
Remember scipionus, set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina?
How about fixmystreet?
and many more.
This is a phenomenon we should explore more as smarter cities rolls on. And helping people to participate is an investment area for cities as they progress.