Asia’s smart cities: ‘We need to create value for citizens’

Creating resilient, smart, and globally competitive cities means more than just investing in infrastructure, says former Yokohama deputy mayor Yumiko Noda. Imagine a city with smart public transportation systems, efficient waste management facilities, and environment-friendly ways to power up businesses.

This is a smart city, where technology is used to manage resources efficiently and provide citizens with better public services.

And in today’s fiercely competitive environment, cities all over the world are trying to adopt these new innovations to position themseves as smart, resilient, and creative communities – all to attract tourism and business.

“All mayors want [their cities] to be the regional hub of something,” said Yumiko Noda, former deputy mayor of Yokohama City. … (read more)