Smart Cities Measurements and Challenges to Address the Local Context

The aim of developing Smart Cities (SC) is to improve the people’s quality of life by adopting strategies to mitigate urban challenges.

- Europe/Lisbon
Campus de Couros, Rua de Vila Flor 166, Guimarães, Portugal

Smart Cities Measurements (SCM) were developed to monitor and assess such projects, but a lack of context-specific indicators can make them challenging to adapt to local contexts. Including indicators or information about city characteristics in SCM frameworks is necessary to understand contextual factors that can make SC initiatives difficult or facilitate them.

Local governments can adopt different perspectives on dimensions that define smart cities and can adapt and use SCM in their activities. More data is needed on adaptations and use of SCM by local governments, particularly in different municipal contexts.

The research aims to identify how organizations that develop SCM and local governments can include context-sensitive indicators in SCM frameworks for Smart Cities, especially for international and national measurements. The study will focus on analyzing SCM frameworks, local context, and measurement adoption by cities in Brazil. The research questions are about how SCM frameworks address the city context, how Brazilian cities are adopting SCM, and what are the best strategies for SCM frameworks to address local contexts.