Konza will be a smart city, with an integrated urban information and communication technology (ICT) network that supports delivery of connected urban services and allows for efficient management of those services on a large scale. Specifically, a smart city framework will integrate the following four key city services:
- Infrastructure services (transportation, utilities, public safety, environment)
- Citizen services (access and participation)
- City services (city information, planning and development)
- Business services (supportive services for local commerce)
As a smart city, Konza will gather data from smart devices and sensors embedded in the urban environment, such as roadways, buildings, and other assets. Collected data will be shared via a smart communications system and be analyzed by software that delivers valuable information and digitally enhanced services to Konza’s population. For example, roadway sensors will be able to monitor pedestrian and automobile traffic, and adjust traffic light timing accordingly to optimize traffic flows.
Konza’s population will also have direct access to collected data, which may include traffic maps, emergency warnings, and detailed information describing energy and water consumption. The availability of data will enable Konza’s population to participate directly in the operations of the city, practice more sustainable living patterns, and enhance overall inclusiveness.
By leveraging the smart city framework, Konza will be able to optimize its city services, creating a sustainable city that responds directly to the needs of its residents, workers, and visitors.
The implementation of a smart city framework at Konza has begun with detailed planning relating to ICT infrastructure. As Konza continues to develop its technology network, it will draw from a range of international best practices, including the Intelligent Community Forum, Smart Cities Council, and International Standards Organization’s methodologies for the sustainable development of communities. Konza will learn from global cities that have successfully incorporated smart city frameworks, including Santander, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Singapore; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.