Cities at the National University of Singapore and Vice-Chair of the ITU Focus Group for Smart Sustainable Cities (FGSSC), agrees. Smart technology is an enabler of improving the quality of lives of citizens. “If you don’t improve the quality of life of urban dwellers, you aren’t doing something right,” he says. Nonetheless, improving the lives of city dwellers is in itself subjective. Dr Kondepudi believes that cities determine what to focus on depending on where they lie on their development trajectory. Initiatives should be taken in the context of the requirements of a population that need addressing in that specific urban environment. Technology will most likely act as a catalyst in driving the improvements sought.
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