Being able to find places is smart, right?
Answer 10 questions to see how smart your city is at sharing data with its citizens
There are many facets to the ‘smartness’ of a city, but surely finding services and amenities is of fundamental importance to a city’s smartness? It’s so basic that it hardly needs mentioning, or does it? Well, most city authorities do not invest in making information on services and amenities easily available to the people who live, work and play in their cities. So, yes, it does need mentioning!
As a starting point, every city should have a map-based app or web search facility where you can find the following services & amenities: all parking facilities, including bike racks and accessible parking places: healthcare facilities including every doctor, dentist, orthodontist, physiotherapist, health centre, hospital and clinic; retail outlets including all restaurants, cafés, coffee shops & takeaways, clothing & accessories stores, all DIY & home stores, supermarkets & convenience stores, service stations, beauty & personal care outlets; professional services including finance, legal, auctioneering, print & digital marketing, medical practitioners, insurance, recruitment & funeral services; places of interest including historical sites & buildings, famous landmarks, monuments & wall plaques, museums & art galleries, heritage & cultural places, scenic locations; accommodation including hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs, hostels & self-catering; all sports clubs & fitness centres; education facilities including junior & senior schools, third level colleges & universities, crêches, montessoris & childcare facilities, language schools and adult education centres; government services including social welfare & employment serviced, family & youth services, local government centres, emergency services; public amenities including post offices & post boxes, banks & ATMs, community halls & centres, public libraries, recycling facilities, cemeteries & crematoriums, public parks & playgrounds. That’s quite a list, but if your city does not have an online source (single source, not multiple sources) where you can find all of these services and amenities, is it really smart?
Smart City Test
We have devised a simple 10-step test which will help you assess how smart your city is when it comes to providing location information on services & amenities. When taking the test, remember that you should be able to find all of the services & amenities from a single search source – an app, or a website – and display them on a map with an accompanying list.