Guest Blog: Smart Cities? Why Not Smart Settlements?

In each installment of CityCast, the smart cities podcast from CityVerve, we aim to tackle topical subjects and issues around smart cities - as well as providing an update on all things CityVerve.

For our third episode, however, we wanted to broaden the conversation: why limit our imagination to just cities when a considerable portion of the world’s population is living in smaller towns, villages and other rural settlements too?

Stu Higgins, who heads up Cisco’s smart cities practice, and Simon Navin, who holds a similar role at Ordnance Survey, were on hand to discuss whether the term ‘smart cities’ is itself too limiting and how we should take other non-urban settlements into consideration.

Connectivity is, of course, a key issue here, as so many of the solutions that make a place ‘smart’ are dependent on it. Stu and Simon were happy to get their teeth stuck into some of the ways this challenge is currently being met.

Talk also turned to how we can use technology to help bring different kinds of communities together, and how connections between people can be as important as those made between smart devices.

For more from CityCast, you can subscribe via iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app or listen on Soundcloud or Mixcloud.

Guest blog and podcast by Vicki DeBlasi, CityVerve Communications Lead for techUK's "Good to Great Connectivity for the UK" Week.

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