Smart cities, or cities on the path to smart, should first ensure they've got these three non-technical attributes in place, says smart-city leader Greg Delaune of UIX Global. Only then should anyone go changing lightbulbs.
The secret sauce that's missing in so many complaints about transit service is supporting data. But soon there will be an app for that, at least in San Francisco. OpenTransit, now in alpha stage, running on public data, will provide transit users with the specific data they need to induce change.
Here's a theory I'm working on. Smart cities find a welcome duo in public projects and white-hat hackers. The hackers make apps that fill in the cracks where city administrators don't see or don't have time for. They can design, build, and propagate their wares unfettered by public expectations.