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Belgium: using the SmartCity barometer

Published on January 31, 2023 Originally recorded 2022   8 min
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What is a smart city? Actually, there are many levels, many definitions, and no one, generally accepted vision of what a smart city or what the smart territory is. Some of the definitions are very narrow, centered on technology. Others are very broad, may be too vague. At the Smart City Institute,
we have built our vision of smart city on the model of Nam and Pardo. According to this model, a real smart city (SC) will incorporate three components, three factors; technological factors, human factors, but also institutional factors. Thus, the universe around a smart city can include initiative, project in one, two, or of course, ideally, three of these components. At the Smart City Institute, we added an information to this model. The final objective of all these dynamics should be the sustainability of the given territory. Our definition of a smart city is thus the following one:
a smart city is a multi-stakeholders' ecosystem composed of the government, the local government, the regional government if we speak about the region, citizens and related representative associations, multinational and local businesses, universities and other institutions engaged in a sustainability transitioning using technologies, such as digital technologies, of course, as an enabler, a facilitator, a means in order to become more sustainable. I mean, considering three aspects; the economic prosperity of the given territory, the social well-being there, and the preservation of natural resources. Smart city transition implies thus a profound change and impacts many domains, many aspects of a territory. Here are some key information to get from the talk at this stage.