Bridging the digital divide in an African smart city
- Authors: Janse van Rensburg, Nickey , Matheri, Anthony Njuguna , Meyer, Johan
- Date: 2019
- Subjects: Community , Infrastructure , Smart City
- Language: English
- Type: Conference proceedings
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/402155 , uj:33642 , Citation: Janse van Rensburg, N., Matheri, A.N. & Meyer, J. 2019. Bridging the digital divide in an African smart city.
- Description: Abstract: Sustainable transformation of cities is only possible when conducted in a smart way. This research assessed the impact of rolling out free Wi-Fi networks and online services in Johannesburg, South Africa as it relates to the sustainable development of vulnerable communities. Informed by the early adopters of a free Wi-Fi network provided by the City of Johannesburg, participating in the Johannesburg digital ambassadors training programme, the research evaluated smart city enablement in the City of Johannesburg. The case study reviewed relevant smart city metrics and compared to the standard for sustainable development of communities (BS ISO 37120:2014), evaluate indicators for city services and quality of life to identify design criteria for future developments. The results from this study contribute to the enablement of smart city infrastructure development geared toward capacitating vulnerable and previously digitally disadvantaged communities.
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Improving resilience of cities through smart city drivers
- Authors: Oke, Ayodeji Emmanuel , Aghimien, Douglas O. , Akinradewo, Opeoluwa I. , Aigbavboa, Clinton O.
- Date: 2020
- Subjects: Information Technology , Resilient City , Smart City
- Language: English
- Type: Article
- Identifier: http://hdl.handle.net/10210/435547 , uj:37747 , Citation: Oke, A.E., Aghimien, D.O., Akinradewo, O.I., and Aigbavboa, C.O. 2020. Improving resilience of cities through smart city drivers. Construction Economics and Building, 20:2, 45-64. http:// dx.doi.org/10.5130/AJCEB. v20i2.6647 , ISSN: 2204-9029
- Description: Abstract: The embracement of smart city approach as a sustainable system for the management and delivery of infrastructural developments has been on the increase, especially in developed and some developing countries. For this to be successful, cities in these countries, particularly in developing ones like South Africa, needs to be resilient because even though resilience can be achieved by making cities smart, smartness does not bring resilience by default. Thus, this study examines various factors influencing the ability of cities to develop resilience through smart city drivers. A survey of construction professionals involved in the design, planning, development and general management of cities and their infrastructure was carried out with the aid of a well-structured questionnaire. Factors influencing resilience were grouped into five divisions which are climate change, education, food security, public safety and threat to disease, in order of their importance. Findings revealed that the most important of these factors are the development of literacy and technical skills of citizens, regeneration of agricultural land and increased localised food production. The paper further examined the effects of these factors on six smart city drivers and found out that smart economy has the most influence on the resilience of a city. It was concluded that stakeholders concerned with the achievement of resilient smart city must
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