The evolution of smart cities into smart regions
Today’s suburbs are a long-lasting extension of cities. In many of the world’s capitals the number of workers, students and tourists commuting in an out of cities often exceeds the number of citizens living in the city - making the official borders of cities more fluid than ever and accordingly city jurisdiction more complex to determine.
The impacts on physical and metaphysical aspects of transportation, health, education and sustainability are becoming more and more a regional issue with city authorities bringing the experience in planning and implementation and acting as project leads.
No longer can a city manage their congestion issues without taking into account the influx and outflow of visitors. No longer can a city ensure its clean air and water without taking into account pollution from near industrial areas and factories - technology is reshaping the nature of borders and making cities an integral part of their region.
On their part, regional governments are also taking leadership steps to develop their own strategies for smart communities, improvement in services to young and old residents and creating a sharing economy.
Today, through increasing “City-Region” reciprocity, there is a real opportunity to create an integrated smart region or county. Those who will be first to take advantage of the opportunity, both in cities and regional areas, will benefit from the ability to better serve their communities and provide more comprehensive solutions for all their population.
Guy Pross @ Central Bohemian Innovation Center, Czech Republic, discussing Smart City- Smart Region, and exceptional cities in the Central Bohemian Region.