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TRESCIMO: European union and South African Smart City contextual dimensions

: Coetzee, Louis; Smith, Andrew; Escobar Rubalcava, Alejandra; Corici, Andreea Ancuta; Magedanz, Thomas; Steinke, Ronald; Catalan, Marisa; Paradells, Josep; Madhoo, Hinesh; Willemse, Tiaan; Mwangama, Joyce; Mukudu, Nyasha; Ventura, Neco; Barros, Maria; Gavras, Anastasius


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
2nd IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, WF-IoT 2015 : 14-16 December, 2015, Milan, Italy. Proceedings
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0366-2 (electronic)
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0365-5 (USB)
ISBN: 978-1-5090-0367-9 (Print on Demand)
World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT) <2, 2015, Milan>
Fraunhofer FOKUS ()

Cities increasingly face challenges related to pollution, efficient use of resources (e.g. water, energy) and ensuring a good quality of life for its citizens. Solutions built on existing and emerging technologies such as Cloud computing, Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine and data analytics can improve on or create services able to address these challenges. These solutions are seen as contributors in creating a Smart City. In Europe Smart Cities have been implemented, while South Africa has only recently started with Smart City initiatives. Current thinking has been to replicate international Smart City instances in South Africa. However, an open question is raised if this is an optimal strategy as differences in context might impact on the delivery of services. This paper extracts and compares contextual differences between Europe and South Africa, and based on those insights analyse whether full European solutions will deliver on the promise of a South African Smart City.