Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Smart cities in Korea

Rapid urbanization means that the development of so-called "smart cities," is a high priority all around the world, and Korea is no exception.  Earlier this Spring, I served on the international jury for the Intelligent Community Forum, based in New York, which this year named Taichung City, Taiwan as its 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year.
Coincidentally, I had lunch earlier this month with the outgoing Assistant Mayor and CIO of the city of Seoul, Dr. Hwang Jong-sung.  He is the co-author, with Han Choe of the ITU's technology watch report entitled Smart Cities Seoul: A Case Study, published by the ITU in February of this year. It is the most complete case study of a Korean "smart city" to date and makes interesting reading.  (It can be downloaded  in PDF format from the ITU page or read online here via Scribd.)

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