Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2015 - Page 9

Wanted: Urban IQ Smart cities are in the forefront of digital revolution and the fight against climate change – and they’re just getting started Smart cities are not all about technology anymore. In fact, strictly speaking, they never were – but when smart cities first emerged as a concept, hi-tech was always front and centre, says Dr. Boyd Cohen, one of the planet’s leading authorities on smart cities. Cohen believes that this misconception has caused some pushback from media and citizen groups, because of the general perception that the “big brother” will just have more ways to control, manipulate and observe the population in a smart city setting. Nordicum 7