Smart city profiles
Within the smart city profiles, two different components of urban development are considered. First, the evaluation of cities has to consider issues as awareness, flexibility, transformability, synergy, individuality and self-decisive behaviour. Especially awareness seems important for a “smart” city as certain potentials can only be mobilised if inhabitants, companies or administrations are well aware of the cities’ position. Second, the profiles should not only focus on single aspects, but consider all fields of urban development, which requires a clear and transparent identification of characteristics for the evaluation.
Describing cities through indicators result in comparable and typical profiles. By finding cities with similar profiles successful ideas can be transferred since the chances of success are larger due to similar pre-conditions. For instance, it would not make sense that a city tries to learn and to transfer policies or strategies from cities which have completely different profiles and different strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, it is highly recommended that cities learn from cities with similar profiles or in particular from those which have already specific experiences and evidence about applied strategies regarding distinct characteristics. Cities with similar profiles are grouped together in clusters.
To read more please visit the European Smart city homepage: smart-cities.eu