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Smart Cities: Reviewing what makes a city smart

Smart Cities are no longer a promise of the future but an increasing priority for local, regional and countrywide governments and a flourishing business area for technological firms and CSPs with interests in the IoT market.

The European Union is so far the part of the world where more efforts have been made to develop smart cities. At the same time, we find a higher degree of scrutiny and follow-up of how well they rank and abide to predefined European standards. Despite being a conglomerate of various countries with different legislations, areas that affect smart city legislation, such as environment or mobility are normally legislated at Union level, easing the path to creating a more homogeneous standard for Smart Cities, and helping EU based companies to bid for projects in different countries.

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