70% of the world's population is expected to be living in cities by 2050, up from approximately 50% in 2007 and 10% in 1900. This rapid rate of urbanization has serious implications for countries across the world.
From a social perspective, there is an expectation that these citizens will have access to better public services, such as housing, health, education, electricity, and running water, among others. But how should cities develop their infrastructure to support this influx of people in a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable model?
In the UK and Europe, A lot of the responsibility in this respect is shifting from central and regional governments to the local level, specifically to mayors, urban planners, and local councilors. So Cisco and the Royal Borough of Greenwich asked us to work alongside them on their service design strategy for digitally enabled regeneration aimed at creating a smart and connected future community in London.
We've been helping them specify the right digital infrastructure and services that can best support the social and economic priorities of the borough, by attracting new investment to the area, improving quality of life and the environment, and at the same time reducing the cost of delivering essential public services.
You can download a copy of the paper we have submitted to the Barcelona Conference on Smart Cities here.