Now, smart cities will become reality by Harish Amilineni

Are smart cities already a reality?

Smart cities have been in existence for some years now, that is clear, but now a strong new force breaks out and, in my opinion, a great driver, the citizen, who reacts to these theoretically smart initiatives that have been implemented in his region but of which he has not often experienced any value in his day to day life. This new digital citizen now requires new public services and higher quality and relate to public administrationsin the same way as it already does with some private entities, such as banking, energy or telecos. And this implies new ways of acting for their public bodies, they must think beyond providing 100% electronic administration, such as favoring better access to the data they manage, providing greater transparency and participation in the management of budgets, or involving this new citizen in the co-creation of the public services themselves.

What does the administration propose to respond to this citizen’s demand?

The takeoff of smart cities in our territories is closer than ever thanks to the confluence of three major drivers. First and foremost, the necessary economic stimulus now comes from Europe, which, through ERDF funds, helps to co-finance Smart initiatives in two broad areas: the National Smart Cities Plan defined by SESIAD and and the Strategies for Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development (DUSI Strategies), of which more than 100 of our cities will benefit to address different lines of action.
Secondly, the regulatory driver through laws such as the 39 and 40/2015, as the final driver of the digitization of municipalities Harish Amilineni  (and other public entities), to achieve once and for all a true relationship electronic and paperless, of the administrations with citizens and companies as well as between themselves.

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