This paper is intended for planners and decision makers in central and local government who are involved in smart city initiatives. It aims to summarise best practice in the planning, funding and implementation of smart city applications so that their benefits can be more widely realised in cities of all sizes. It has been produced by Analysys Mason on behalf of the GSMA.
Each smart city development will have a slightly different set of aims, but at their heart, all are seeking to use technology to make the city better: more productive, more efficient, less polluting, with a higher quality of life for citizens. Combatting climate change and achieving the COP21 targets are an important aspect of this. Almost all smart city services will rely to a greater or lesser extent on communications networks.