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City SMART: City Society Made Accessible by Rethinking Technologies

This Exhibit highlights the principle of accessibility for Smart City planners and managers.

        Accessibility in the smart city means taking the practical steps to make the city’s spaces, its amenities, jobs, and services available to all its stakeholders. For the smart city to be successful residents, visitors and commuters need to be able to access appropriate transport options, usable accommodation, shopping choices, and work, and to be safe when in the city. The accessibility principle means making all these agreed-upon functions of a city available to those who are often excluded because of physical and/or emotional limitations. This includes those with impaired vision, hearing, mobility, or other constraints on the actions of daily living.

      

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Smart City Challenge Winner: Columbus, Ohio

"Columbus has a bold vision to be a community that provides beauty, prosperity and health for all of its citizens."

#SmartCityPitch: Columbus, Ohio

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Kansas City World's Most Connected City

Kansas City is now the worlds most connected city thanks to the installation of cutting-edge technologies though public-private partnerships which will improve everyday experiences for residents. Smart City initiatives utilizes real-time data to deliver basic services more efficiently and will attract economic development & entrepreneurs.

“A city that uses information and communications technology to enhance its livability, workability, and sustainability.” —The Smart Cities Council

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Economic inequality and Connectivity in smart cities

While the development of smart cities is underway, economic prosperity, if not managed economically and for the benefit of the community leads to inequality. As the successful, the lucky and the inherently rich benefit from the economic advances that follow the creation of a smart city, the disadvantaged, and the unfortunate fall behind. Leading to a gap in the economic system, commonly labeled as the poor and rich. One of the major challenges to resolve inequality is the lack of connectivity.

 

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Smart Cities for All

            Smart Cities for All (SC4A) is a program created by G3ict (the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies) and World Enabled (a non-profit that advocates for the rights of those with disabilities). G3ict and World Enabled began Smart Cities for All to both bring accessibility to the forefront of smart city discussions and make accessibility guidelines easier to understand and follow. They plan to “eliminate the digital divide for persons with disabilities and older persons in smart city programs worldwide” (smartcities4all.org). To do so, Smart Cities for All has acquired a network of support, from Microsoft to AT&T, to effect change from within smart cities.

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