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An Impact Driven Smart Sustainable City Framework to Address Urban Challenges: Smart Dubai Experience
Paper Proposal Text :
Cities are projected to accommodate a high majority of human population and also economic activities. These dense and highly congested physical spaces present significant challenges as well as opportunities for humankind. Our current consumption levels in cities pose an unsustainable threat for the future. Smart sustainable city (SSC) initiatives have been positioned as potential solutions to economic, social and environmental issues and pressures in cities. Advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) enable significant transformation potential in the way city resources, services and infrastructures are managed.

In this paper, a holistic impact driven smart sustainable city framework is proposed to address economic, social and environmental issues. The suggested framework defines and encompasses main city constituents. Transformation objectives along with key performance indicators (KPIs) are defined for each constituent. Target values for KPIs regarding various aspects of constituents, when combined together, establish a future state vision for a SSC. The difference between current (baseline) and target values for KPIs determine the strategic gap; and the framework discusses ways and means to close these gaps through ICT enabled strategic action items. Closure of identified strategic gap is then translated into three types of impact at the city level. The framework defines these three types of impact and quantify them. Quantitative impact modeling will be introduced along with formulas. Hence, it is structured top down and bottom up and may act as a strategic decision making tool for SSCs as they undertake city level large scale complex initiatives.

The proposed framework is inherently designed to accommodate and encourage substantial innovation through target setting. The size of strategic gap will determine extent of innovation required from city stakeholders. The framework can be used as a macro city-level transformation tool. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and various targets can be flexibly incorporated. Similarly, existing smart cities related KPIs such as ITU Smart City Index, ISO 37120, etc. can also be easily encompassed within the framework.

The paper will demonstrate the application of the suggested impact driven smart sustainable city framework in Smart Dubai, the smart city initiative of Dubai in UAE, as a case study. Various components of the framework will be illustrated as part of this case study.

The paper will also discuss benefits as well as shortcomings of the suggested framework and will conclude by listing several further research topics stemming from the suggested framework.