The construction of new paradigms of urban development, focusing on the model of smart cities, marks a strategic intervention in several areas related to mobility, environment, energy, entrepreneurship, creativity and social innovation.
An important point, in understanding what an intelligent city is, is how to differentiate this concept from other forms of digital spaces.
All smart cities are also digital cities, but not all digital cities are smart. The difference lies in the ability to solve problems of intelligent cities: The essential capacity of digital cities lies in the provision of services through digital communication.
According to the Smart Cities Council, a smart city is “one that has the digital technology built into all the city’s functions.” According to Frost & Sullivan, there are eight elements that make up a smart city: governance, construction, health care, mobility, infrastructure, technology, energy and citizens.