Nokia has developed a framework to enable the implementation of smart cities by governments, saying more emphasis needs to be put on developing an overarching strategy rather than small projects.
Nokia’s framework, published on Tuesday in Nokia’s A new world of cities and the future of Australia report, is designed to aid regions in designing and procuring services for smart city concepts.
According to Nokia, while the Australian government has announced its intention to build smart cities, there are “major gaps” in how it is going about doing so.
Cities are currently not equipped for the digital future, Nokia Oceania CTO Warren Lemmens told ZDNet in an interview, and are being left to solve the problem by themselves, such as in Adelaide and Melbourne.
Instead, Nokia is suggesting a state and territory government-level approach, working in conjunction with an overarching federal government program so that the cities themselves can concentrate on their specific needs.
Nokia’s new six-point framework — again under a horizontal approach — involves instituting one single City Digital Platform for all cities; formulating a new federal program for innovation focusing on data; founding smart cities-focused collaborative approaches between government, businesses, academia, and startups; facilitating public-private partnerships for innovation on smart cities; eliminating the current proclivity to separate device, data, and application environments; and ensuring the personalisation of each city under the program.
Until now, cities have been focused on achieving a few small projects within their infrastructure such as smart bins and smart parking, rather than on implementing a city-wide program, according to Lemmens.
According to Nokia, Australia needs to depart from this vertical approach, wherein industries drive the smart city projects towards a horizontal approach spearheaded by government.
“The risk at the moment is that that discussion around smart parking and smart waste bins becomes the basis on which we evolve cities nationally, and misses the point that really the future of cities is vested in cities having 360-degree visibility of their total operation so that they can form relationships with people who use the city, the businesses that are in the city,” Lemmens told ZDNet.
“A digital fabric of a city is essential for the future of the city, as opposed to just a series of incidental projects.”