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Editor's note


With the progress of internet-related technologies, cities are facing both challenges and opportunities. Promoting digital information technology has become irreversible trend that has swept across the world as it helps better build and manage a city, ease urban disease and achieve sustainable urban development. 

Cities run on a stream of data that will be performed with advanced analytics for useful information. The cities use such information products to advance service innovation, bring economic, social and environmental benefits, and push forward cities' growth in a low-carbon, high-efficient and convenient way.

To make full use of the data, the city manager has to boost the digital information technology, and enhance construction of information infrastructures to gather valuable information from the city's data. The information offers materials to data developers and serves as a driving force for the innovative development of smart cities.

The smart city concept is a development goal and also the imagination of future cities in the information era. A smart city is a livable area highlighting vigor, attraction and competitiveness. It emphasizes wide participation, including governments, companies, research institutes and citizens who bear different responsibilities.

A number of cities from home and abroad have witnessed success in their "smart city" construction efforts. In the smart cities, the innovative use of data and information technologies helps optimize the efficiency of city operations and services and improve people's lives, which is of good reference value to the development of global cities.