Sustainable Smart City through Secured Governance

March 29, 2017 | Jimmy Delshad, Former Mayor of Beverly Hills, California, USA


ntroduction of Smart Cities

 

Against the background of economic and technological changes caused by the globalization and the integration process, cities in developed and developing nations face the challenge of combining competitiveness and sustainable urban development simultaneously. Very evidently, this challenge is likely to have an impact on issues of Urban Quality such as housing, secured economy, culture, social security and safety in environmental conditions.“Smart City” is a broad concept for urban development strategies involving multiple policy areas, cross – sectorial business fields and collaboration between different public and private agents. Now days the society is more organized, smart and the information is situated in the center of it. For sustainable growth of society is essential to use efficiently the modern technology and natural resources.

A smart city connects people with their environment and city to create more efficient and optimal relationships between available resources, technology, community services, and events in the urban fabric. This connection is a tool that links the implementation of the smart city and the advanced technology. Most developed cities ensure that citizens participate in every aspect, from cleaning to safety requirements. Citizen participation ensures citizen satisfaction, which in turn ensures maximum efficiency of the modern technology.

 

Advanced technology has given the world new dimensions; globally, citizens are becoming technology-oriented in every aspect concerning their comfort, convenience and safety. Technology support has become an essential factor for the growth of a smart city and its citizens. The use of innovative information and communications technology (ICT) applications, smart phones and smart fixtures are all part of the process of making smart citizens. The ICT platform is the best tool to bridge the current gap between the government and citizens. This platform will make the system more transparent and act as an interactive forum between citizens and the Government.

 

Increased urbanization will give increased problems for cities in terms of infrastructure, their ability to meet existing environmental targets and also on their ability to attract new residents and companies, which bring wealth and prosperity to a city. A smart city connects people with their environment and city to create more efficient and optimal relationships between available resources, technology, community services, and events in the urban fabric. This connection is a tool that links the implementation of the smart city and the advanced technology. Most developed cities ensure that citizens participate in every aspect, from cleaning to safety requirements. Citizen participation ensures citizen satisfaction, which in turn ensures maximum efficiency of the modern technology.Advanced technology has given the world new dimensions; globally, citizens are becoming technology-oriented in every aspect concerning their comfort, convenience and safety. Technology support has become an essential factor for the growth of a smart city and its citizens. The use of innovative information and communications technology (ICT) applications, smart phones and smart fixtures are all part of the process of making smart citizens. The ICT platform is the best tool to bridge the current gap between the government and citizens. This platform will make the system more transparent and act as an interactive forum between citizens and the Government.Increased urbanization will give increased problems for cities in terms of infrastructure, their ability to meet existing environmental targets and also on their ability to attract new residents and companies, which bring wealth and prosperity to a city.

 

Key Challenges in Implementing Smart City Projects:

 

  • Specific digitization framework;

  • Huge fund required for various infrastructure development;

  • Sustainable smart cities need more skilled workforce;

  • Acquiring land is a major hurdle for smart city projects;

  • Collaboration among different stakeholders.

Notable Experience in India

 

I have visited India and met Dr. P. Sekhar in the year 2012. On those days I have discussed about smart city development in developed and developing countries. It was most notable experience and understand his contribution towards creation of unique development mechanism for national development “Secured Governance”. Secured Governance with Techno – Economic Corridor will help in boosting the economic growth not only for developing nations but also with help extensively in developed countries.

As former Mayor of Beverly Hills, USA I have developed “The Smart City” initiative to make Beverly Hills the safest and Smart City by using the latest Technologies such as Smart Surveillance Cameras, Smart Traffic Lights, Smart Sprinklers, Smart Water Meters and Parking Meters, Installed Fiber Optics throughout the city, installed Automatic License Plate readers to apprehend criminals, installed new interoperable communication devises and created a new Disaster Management Centre. And strongly believe contribution of Dr.P. Sekhar and MTGF on Secured Governance and Security Books will definitely help in promoting and widening the scope of such infrastructure development projects across the globe.

 

“Secured Governance offers a strategy for the government to get all the basic infrastructure development with a negligible investment by the Government. It is a concept of developing Techno Economic Corridors connecting hubs which will act as growth centre for individual sectors.

 

As per Secured Governance concept infrastructure development attracts more investors and speculators, as a resultdemand is high hence pushing the realty prices higher.This concept recommends that governments should come up with development programs which will openup the rural areas or wastelands so that there will be an even spread of demand in the real estate property across the country.Secured Governance presents a developmental model for the smart city whereby they it can take advantage of the incentive Floor Space Index (FSI) provided to it in addition to the value and valuation of the infrastructure to yield higher returns. This valuation of infrastructure, which grows many folds, will support infrastructure development, ensuring balanced growth.Once an area is developed, the value of the remaining land rises and the government can optimizevalue and valuation of the infrastructure to yield higher returns.A portion of the developed land is used to finance the cost of providing infrastructure.

 

A Smart City will be a flourishing safest city that is efficient and productive, with citizens who are experiencing convenience and have abundance of opportunities to build and grow their intellectual, network, and financial capacities. A city is a reflection of how its citizens perceive it, and a smart city actually is how a city behaves as an innovative ecosystem. Allowing citizens to become active in the process of city design and building enabling ‘bottom-up’ innovation and collaborative ways of developing systems out of many loosely-joined parts will help in implementing the Smart City Mission successfully.

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