300-year-old house at Læsø. Source: BBC travel

Today, I had a talk with an old friend of mine in Denmark.

He has been working for many years in the public sector and today we talked about how cities could become smart, or efficient. During the conversation, he gave an example of a small community, Læsø, which is a small island in the northern part of Denmark. The island has a population of around 1800 people.

He explained that the population has an average age of 54 years. There are a few small farms and a very small community.

As we talked about how to daily life for…

The past year I have explored Smart City articles. Part of the journey started with a discussion with Benson Chan from Strategy of things. We talked about how people and governments perceive Smart Cities. As he started in this sector, he discovered the need to understand the importance of building a Smart City initiative.

One exciting observation during our discussion was how Benson actually clarified the definition of a city.

A city should a responsive city, that actually provides an efficient service to its citizens.

The team behind StrategyofThings has done extensive research on Smart Cities around the world. …

The research in Singapore has completed, and the data is currently being consolidated and processed. From the learnings, the Smart Nations have similar challenges as many other Smart Cities. Most decisions are handled from a top-down approach. This is a normal process when cities start out, and since it is a learning process, researchers will suggest various approaches to achieve successful goals. Since Singapore is investing a lot in Smart City initiatives, they are still among the leading cities to realize projects and initiatives that do improve the quality of life for its citizens.

City landscape from

Most people associate Smart City with fancy buildings and lots of technology. In some sense, technology is a supporting factor or tool for Smart Cities to grow and establish themselves in the global landscape.

Countries are racing for the price of having the best Smart Cities. You will find that various sources are publishing Smart City rankings using metrics, that makes sense in some cases, but not all.

Every country has its individual challenges. This also refers to cities. The geographic location, weather impact, trade opportunities, and more, will add to the decision of problems to prioritize on.

But cities…

Michael M Hansen

Currently researching Smart Cities with a focus on innovation and design thinking.

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