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Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 3121;

Smart Cities: The Main Drivers for Increasing the Intelligence of Cities

Fluminense Federal University, Passo da Pátria Street 156 São Domingos, Niterói 24210-240, Brazil
Fluminense Federal University, Mario Santos Braga Street 94 Centro, Niterói 24020-140, Brazil
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Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 27 August 2018 / Accepted: 29 August 2018 / Published: 31 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Circular Economy, Ethical Funds, and Engineering Projects)
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Since the concept of smart cities was introduced, there has been a growing number of surveys aiming to identify the dimensions that characterize them. However, there is still no consensus on the main factors that should be considered to make a city more intelligent and sustainable. This report contributes to the topic by identifying the most important smart city drivers from the perspective of professionals from four broad areas of expertise: applied social sciences, engineering, exact and Earth sciences, and human sciences, which provide important insights for the understanding of smart and sustainable cities. In this study, we conducted a wide and detailed literature review, in which 20 potential smart city drivers were identified. The drivers were prioritized from the results of a survey conducted with 807 professionals that work in the concerned field. The results showed that the seven drivers identified as the most important to increase the intelligence of cities are related to the governance of cities. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart city; sustainable city; smart governance; drivers smart city; sustainable city; smart governance; drivers

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Azevedo Guedes, A.L.; Carvalho Alvarenga, J.; Dos Santos Sgarbi Goulart, M.; Rodriguez y Rodriguez, M.V.; Pereira Soares, C.A. Smart Cities: The Main Drivers for Increasing the Intelligence of Cities. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3121.

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