SMACT and the City - New Technologies in Urban Environments.
We are living in "the Decade of Smart," as IBM's former CEO Sam Palmisano said in 2010. Smart houses, smart traffic, smart stores, smart energy: in this decade, everything seems to be becoming smart, thanks to technology. However, the phrase might equally well be: "this is the decade of SMACT: Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and connected Things." These five elements represent the new digital technologies that are the bricks needed to build the new smart living environment: SMACT and the City. Both Smart and SMACT deserve to bear the honorary title of "the Decade of": Smart from the viewpoint of ambition and goals, SMACT from the viewpoint of technological possibilities and implementation. It is precisely the relation between the two that is so interesting and formed the inspiration to write this report.
In this report VINT explores how and how quickly new technologies will develop in the urban environment, from the perspective of the most-discussed concepts in the world of smart cities: Cities in a Box, Senseable Cities and Cities as a Platform.
The report provides an analysis of how this is already becoming a reality for retailers and presents what companies and organisations of all trades could learn from the on going convergence of bricks and clicks.
The city with a digital shell offers opportunities and possibilities in every conceivable area. The City as a Platform forms the inspiration as well as the (pre)condition to realize these opportunities.
The Personal City, i.e. the city that regards its citizens as individual people and understands the latter's desire to be – or at least have the illusion of being – in control of their own environment, is the smartest city. Commitment and customer satisfaction are not things that can be imposed – they depend on the participants' perception and experience. The Personal City can also be the city where the citizen is tempted to participate on the basis of these principles, with new services that capitalize on the desire for immediacy, have a personal context, and use technology as persuasive technology.
Applied in this way, a Smart City's push and pull factors will converge and make sure that the city becomes a much more comfortable, cleaner, more energy-efficient, more entertaining and safer place to be.
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Menno van Doorn leads the SogetiLabs Research Institute, which is part of technology provider, Sogeti for the analysis of new technologies. His field of expertise is human centered technology strategies. Educated in consumer psychology, he has co-authored books and studies on social media, mobile behavior, blockchain, IOT and artificial intelligence. Menno supports organizations in defining their happiness advantage and envisioning and designing happiness strategies.