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International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science

Vol. 4(1), pp. 1131, January, 2016. 

ISSN: 2360-7858

DOI: 10.14662/IJARER2015.058

 

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Bench-Marking, Sustainability and Governance Aspects of Smart Cities

 

Dr. A.N. Sarkar

 

Ex-Senior Professor (International Business) & Dean (Research), Asia-Pacific Institute of

Management, 3 & 4 Institutional Areas, Jasola (Sarita Vihar), New Delhi. E.mail: ansarkar1@gmail.com

 

Accepted 29 January 2016

Abstract

 

By benchmarking one can set standards of quality and attributes to compare smart cities with each other based on various constructs and factors. In recent years, there have been many approaches to benchmark smart cities. Existing standards mainly focus on urban sustainability and resilience, which demonstrate that smart city efforts are, or will be placed mainly on these directions. The smart city concept is a powerful approach for moving cities towards sustainability in an increasingly urbanised world. Through the application of a sustainable and integrated development approach, current sustainability limitations of the smart city concept can be mitigated, leading cities to develop towards sustainability in a more efficient and effective manner. For good governance city managers are confronted with the challenge of balancing three overriding concerns: achieving a high quality of life for all citizens, maintaining economic competitiveness and protecting the natural environment. In order to deliver on these challenges, advance technologies, including ICTs, will have to be employed not only to increase the intelligence of socioeconomic systems but also to establish incentive structures promoting the creation of sustainable public value towards emerging smart cities. The real smart city will have to learn how to reconcile individual and collective needs, in other words to channel individual aspirations towards the creation of value for society at large through the attainment of economic, social and environmental objectives. In this paper, we will discuss some of the important dimensions of sustainability, benchmarking of laid down standards and governance aspects of the Smart cities.

Key words: Benchmarking, Sustainability, Governance, Smart Cities

 

Cite This Article As: Sarkar AN (2016). Bench-Marking, Sustainability and Governance Aspects of Smart Cities. Inter. J. Acad. Lib. Info. Sci. 4(1): 11-31.

 

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