Today, there isn’t a unified definition for the term ‘smart city’. When looking at academic literature you will come across a multitude of definitions. So when creating the strategy to make Dubai a smart city, it was important to choose the definition that worked best and accurately represented the city’s soul — a happy city.
Having technology should simplify your life, make you more efficient and improve your quality of life, so this is the heart of Dubai’s vision in becoming a smart city.
Smart cities are about data and connectivity, with Big Data being the main component — providing structured and unstructured data. And as for social media, unstructured data is the name of the game. Harnessing the power that social media possesses is the key to giving you an edge when planning smart city initiatives and services. Having an edge in ‘smart city’ terms to have constant awareness of what is happening around you, and this is why having social media data embedded into smart cities is so important.