Smart Cities for All vision outlined

A new report showing why we can get smarter cities by designing for inclusivity and accessibility has been published.

AT&T, in collaboration with G3ict and World Enabled, two nonprofits with a history of leadership in inclusive, accessible design, has launched Smart Cities for All: A Vision for an Inclusive, Accessible Urban Future.

Although geared towards the US market, the white paper is full of insights and proposed guidelines that UK organisations can benefit from. The report’s aim is to help cities identify ways that smart city technologies can adopt a people-first approach to benefit people with disabilities and older citizens.

“As an Internet of Things leader, we realize all too well the positive impact smart cities solutions can have on improving and enhancing citizens’ lives,” said Chris Penrose, President, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T Business. “While full of promise, the adoption of smart cities technology is still in its infancy. As more and more cities begin to consider and implement smart city strategies, our hope is that they will take a holistic approach so that they are taking into account the needs of all citizens, so that everyone can fully reap the benefits of technology innovation—now and in the future.”

”Truly smart cities by definition and by design must be more inclusive and accessible cities,” added James Thurston, G3ict’s Vice President for Global Strategy & Development. “G3ict is proud to team with AT&T, as we have for many years, to define good practice and develop resources for making information and communication technology, or ICT, more accessible. This new vision for a more inclusive urban future will help cities across the U.S., Mexico, and worldwide focus on digital inclusion and Smart Cities for All.”

As more cities evaluate and embrace new technologies to make cities smarter and improve their economic and social well-being, older persons and people with disabilities are increasingly being excluded. A Smart Cities for All survey conducted by G3ict and World Enabled with 250 experts worldwide in August 2016 discovered that about 60% of global respondents believe smart cities are failing people with disabilities.

The full report can be found here.

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