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Course Name: Smart City Fundamentals

Instructor: SD Prakash

Duration: 3 months

Start: November (tentatively)

Modules: Customized as per learners

Time: 2 hrs Daily (Flexible Scheduling)

Medium: Online-English

A1. Smart City Conceptualization: Defining Smart City as per respective challenges and focus areas. Providing the fundamental concepts about smart city nomenclature and selecting the city focus areas and agenda as per the challenges, Universal Selling Power (USP) and city identity.

a.Smart City Definitions

b.Challenges of the Smart City with practical use cases.

c.Understanding the qualitative & quantitative benefits of the Smart City.

d. Establishing Smart City understanding with the following City Identity contexts:

Citizen Centric City, Intelligent City, Historic City, Holy City, Digital City,, Economic City, Heritage City, Sustainable City, Green City, Resilient City, Inclusive City, Inclusive City, Innovation City, Safe City, Future City, Re-Imagining City, Happy City, Open City, Clean City, U-(Ubiquitous) City , Caring City, New City, Virtual City, Knowledge City, Economic City,, Global City, Liveable City, Industrial City, Plastic City, Climate Change City, Biophilic City, Humanitarian City, Tech City, Financial City, Eco City, Clean City, Carfree City, Global City, Tourist City, Medical City, Education City, Internet City, Military City, Vibrant City, Botanical City, Park City, Entertainment City, Forest City, Lake City, Beach City, Sports City, Healthcare City, IT City, Maritime City, Festival City, Academic City, Media City, Electronic City, Integrated City, My City, Metropolitan City, Port City, Child-Friendly City, Specially-Abled Friendly City…

e. Smart City categories -standardized definition were also identified. The following eight (8) categories were identified to be key for SSC:

I.quality of life and lifestyle,

II.infrastructure and services,

III.ICT, communications, intelligence and information,

IV.people, citizen and society,

V.environment and sustainability,

VI.governance, management and administration,

VII.economy and Finance, and


f. Smart City Indicators-Six primary indicators were identified to be smart living, smart people, smart environment and sustainability, smart governance, smart mobility and smart economy.

The following 30 key terminologies of City contexts-











A.2. Smart City Principles: This course that offers an introduction to the principles of management of smart urban infrastructure systems. It addresses the main challenges in management of Smart Cities during the transition and operation phases in the life-cycle of a Smart City. The course is structured into 5 blocks. In the first three blocks, general principles of management of Smart Urban infrastructures are covered. The last two blocks of the course focus on the management of Smart Urban Energy and Smart Urban Transportation systems as concrete cases.

I.Rethinking How Cities Are Delivered

II.Building How Cities Are Delivered

III.Building Smarter Cities

§What is a smart city?

§Examples of smart cities around the world

§Planning tips for a smart city

IV. The Role of Data in Driving Urban Innovation


I.Introduction to Smart Urban Infrastructures and Smart Cities

II.Principles of Management/Governance of Smart Urban Systems – Part 1: Transition Phase

III.Principles of Management/Governance of Smart Urban Systems – Part 2: Operation Phase

IV.Management of Smart Transportation Systems

V.Management of Smart Energy Systems

A3. Smart cities and community-You will examine how the smart cities program across any country aids in tackling community challenges and the collaborative role played by stakeholders.


I. Introduction to smart cities-‘Smart cities’ is a term used to describe the use of smart technologies and data as the means to solve cities’ sustainability challenges. Many cities are in the process of making themselves smart, using data and technology to improve transport, energy use, health and air quality or to drive economic growth. Others are being built to be smart from the start. So this is a term that relates to the present and to the future.

Your initial thoughts about smart cities

What is a Smart City?

World Urbanization

Smart City Case Studies

What makes cities smart?

II. The city as a system of systems-Systems thinking in the context of cities and how it can help us to explore wicked problems. You will learn about rich pictures, a type of systems diagram, and have a go at drawing one to identify and explore the challenges your city or community faces.

The core elements of a smart cities project or programme will be introduced and you will also start to explore sustainability, privacy and ethical issues related to smart cities.

Systems Thinking

A rich picture-Milton Keynes’ future challenges

Wicked Problems

Developing a smart city approach

III. Smart cities and wicked problems-How do smart cities in a country address wicked problems such as climate change and natural disasters? This module will help you examine these aspects.

IV. Governing smart societies-This module will help you evaluate the role of the different stakeholders in governing smart societies.

IV. Benchmarking smart cities and the world-In this module, you will learn how any country Smart Cities’ initiatives are benchmarked against other Cities in the world and you can contrast it with your City.

V. My city, my role-Take the knowledge that you have gained through the course and transform it into action plan that makes a difference.

A4. Smart Cities


I.User Participation

II.Behavioural Change

III.Public and private partnerships – Innovative approaches

IV.Public and private partnerships – Start-ups

V.The Human City Conference

VI.Internal Organisation of a Smart City

VII.Monitoring a Smart City

VIII.Local economy and local currencies

IX.Data and privacy: future challenges of Smart Cities

X.Realizing inclusive smart cities

XI.Work and life in the Smart City

XII.Data Protection in Smart Cities

XIII.Transformation of the city

XIV.Hyperlocal networks and initiatives

XV.Health in the city

XVI.City dashboards

A5. Smart Citizens- This course will explain different methods of engaging citizens in the design and planning of smart cities describe how the design thinking process can be used to co-create a smart cities project

explore ways in which smart cities can be designed to be more inclusive. The role of citizens in the design and planning of smart cities, and how smart cities can be designed to be more inclusive, about design thinking and how to use it to co-create a smart cities project for being introduced to living labs and crowdsourcing. Government works best when citizens are directly engaged in policymaking and public service delivery. What conditions are necessary for inclusive and effective citizen engagement? Can it positively improve people's lives? This course provides an overview of citizen engagement, critically analyzing how it can be leveraged most effectively to achieve development results.


I.What is the role of citizens in smart cities?

II.Co-creating smart cities design thinking

III.Redesigning cities for citizens: towards the all-age-friendly city.

IV.Understand the concept of smart cities, why these are still prototypes and what the challenges are.

V.Identify the principle of stocks and flows of information in cities at different scales.

VI.Understand the concept of citizen design science and its importance for responsive cities.

VII.Understand the concept of complexity science in the context of architecture and city planning.

VIII.Learn through citizen design science how you can interact and get involved in the planning of your own cities.

IX.Articulate what a responsive city is, and identify the criteria for a city to be responsive.

A6. FUTURE CITIES-Understanding a city as a whole, its people, components, functions, scales and dynamics, is crucial for the appropriate design and management of the urban system.


I.Explore the city as the most complex human-made “organism” with a metabolism that can be modeled in terms of stocks and flows

II.Explore the origins, state-of-the-art and applications of Information Architecture and simulation

III.Provide the basis to understand, shape, plan, design, build, manage and continually adapt a city

IV.Learn about data-driven approaches for the development of the future city, based on crowdsourcing and sensing

V.Learn about the latest research for the development and management of future cities


To demonstrate the potential of Responsive Cities, this course will define the concept of Citizen Design Science, a combination of Citizen Design, Citizen Science and Design Science. Experts, citizens and scientists participate in Citizen Design Science. This approach is still in an early stage of development, but with the Responsive Cities, you will be ahead in exploring and defining its possibilities. The ‘Future Cities’ series is the first and complete series of urban courses dealing with the design, management and transformation of cities for their sustainable and resilient future. With every edition, the series becomes more interactive. It increasingly empowers citizens around the world to become part of the development of their own cities, especially in those places where this knowledge is needed most. Identify the differences between Responsive Cities and Smart Cities.


•Understand the concept of Citizen Design Science and its importance for Responsive Cities

•Learn and use the Qua-Kit online 3D modeler for a specific urban planning task

•Improve livability, governance and city planning with Responsive Cities principles

•Assess and develop the quality of urban public spaces based on data and information.



I.The Smart City in a Smart Region

II.Smart Urban Development Principles& Concepts

III.Smart Social Infrastructure & Accommodation

IV.Smart Town Planning, Land Policy

A9. Basics Of Smart Solutions In Urbanism, Buildings, Information


I.Global Climatic & Demographic Developments/ Challenges

II.Sustainable Macroeconomics

III.Societal Developments/ Challenges

IV.Smart City Parameters & Measuring

A10. Co-Creating Sustainable Cities: Sustainability is a result of the interplay between technology, policy and people’s daily lives. Understanding this interplay is essential for creating sustainable cities. Learn how citizen’s co-creation is key in making cities worldwide more sustainable in this free open and online course. Learn how citizen’s co-creation is key in making cities worldwide more sustainable. This course will teach you about the dynamics of co-creation and the key principles of citizens interacting with service providing companies, technology, and infrastructure developers, policymakers, and researchers. Different definitions, forms, and typical examples of co-creation for developing sustainable urban water, energy, and green systems.

The potential of co-creation for developing sustainable cities. The interdependency between co-creation and its policy and socio-technical contexts. Comparison of different real-life cases of co-creation. To understand interdependencies between the real-life cases of co-creation and their policy and socio-technical contexts.

How to formulate the potential of co-creation in your work or daily life.


I.Background Knowledge for Co-Creating Sustainable Cities

II.Water & Water Waste: Water as a Basic Need

III.Energy and Air 1: Living with the Haze

IV.Energy & Air 2: Citizens Co-Creating Cleaner Air

V.Urban Food & Green: The Use of Urban Spaces

VI.Energy & Air 3: Creating Smart Energy & Mobility

VII.Urban Water: Dry Feet for Citizens

VIII.Synthesys: The Dynamics of Co-Creation

A11. CONNECTED CITY-The module is aimed at providing an overview of the state-of-the-art IoT technologies for smart cities applications. Exploring trends in the ICT domain that improve wealth and social cohesion in an urban context: mobile services; ultra-broadband deployment; Internet of Things; big data; social networking expansion; and innovations in services, applications, and content. Overview of the different technologies involved in the sensing, transmission and elaboration of data for smart city applications. Hand-on practice on connected objects, sensing devices, smart city wireless networking, data processing and information extrapolation techniques.


I.Data Sensing and Transmission  • Architecture of an IoT device & smart city applications;  • Wireless standards for smart cities  • Wireless propagation channel  • Power management (batteries, wireless power transfer, energy harvesting).

II. Data Networking  • Network architecture  • Network topology  • Network optimization  • Data storing

III. Smart Sensors  • Signal processing fundamentals  • Sensors classification  • Principles of machine learning  • Smart sensors

§ Computer Vision

§ Low Orbiting Satellite Imagery

§ internet of Things


§ Machine to Machine Communication

§ Smart City Initiatives Framework

§ Case Study: Songdo IBD

XII. The Contemporary Connected City Part 2

§ Smart City Metrics and Dashboarding

§ Mobility

§ Shared Services

§ Agent Based Modeling

§ Resiliency and Disaster Recovery

§ Asset Monitoring

§ City Service Management

§ Energy Simulations

§ Measuring and Reporting

§ Case Study: Rio Operations Center

XIII. Governance

§ Smart Regulations

§ Policy 2.0

§ Glocalism and Mayors

§ Ecosystems

§ Public Private Partnerships

§ City-Building as Industry

§ Revitalization

§ Smart Work Centers and Virtualization

§ Data-Driven

§ Disruption

§ Case Study: New Urban Mechanics

XIV: Omnipresent and Ubiquity

§ Emerging Technology

§ Ownership

§ Security and Privacy

§ Informatics

§ Strong Positioning

§ Data-Driven

§ Network Theory and Complexity

§ Machine Learning

§ Autonomous Urban Vehicles

§ Case Study – USDOTFHWA

XV. IT Infrastructure of a Smart City

The course equips the participant with all the governing codes, industry standards and best practices of most engineering disciplines relevant to the development of Smart Physical Infrastructure.  The knowledge gained, help shape careers, in a multitude of specialized professions like designing, planning, executing projects, audit, maintenance, and sustainability, in addition to understanding the concept of City Information Modeling (CIM).

This module provides a deep understanding of the City Information Modeling and its associated feeds from all other engineering systems:

•Systems Integration and Interoperability techniques and Topologies

•Point of Presence (Systems)

•Internetworking Technologies (Wired and Wireless)

•Communications and Computing Technologies (Sensors, IoT & cloud computing)

•Development of Cohesive City Information Modeling (CIM) & Information Dashboards

b. The Telecommunication System of a Smart City

Telecommunications is a field of engineering that connects to almost all the occupations, thereby bringing all the other systems and services and engineering domains together to work in collaboration.  Technical knowledge of the application of this discipline of engineering in a variety of installations, built to standards, ensures for providing high-speed information transmission.

Here is the list of the topics we train you in:


•Fiber Optic cabling Components (cable and connecting hardware)

•Wireless Communication (Cellular Networks from AMPS to 4G, Wi-Fi)

•Cabling Pathways & Spaces

•Bonding & Grounding (Earthing) of Cabling Plant

•Communications Point-of-Presence

•Documentation (Plant System & Project)

•Governing / Industry Codes & Standards

Develop an understanding of concepts & build competence to execute & monitor all the aspects and stages of an OSP Cabling plant.

c. The Urban Planning and Civil Engineering Systems Including GIS-This module provides an insight into building/transforming a city into a smart city complementing urban planning with civil engineering.  City utility structures go hand in hand with its planning to deliver a sustainable physical infrastructure

Here is the list of the topics we train you in:

•Geospatial Information – Geographic Information System (GIS).

•CIM and Urban Planning & Civil engineering Feeds (understanding its importance)

•Importance of Urban Planning with respect to city development/redevelopment

•Roads / Bridges / Rail – Enterprise Transportation Network Fundamentals

•Special Facility Structures (Reservoir, Treatment Plants, Utility corridor, Sub-Station, etc.,)

•Importance of planning, designing & construction of Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management facilities, including associated CIM-feeds.

d. The Electric Power Systems of a Smart City-This module on Electrical Power Systems gives you a competitive edge to start or move ahead in your career with the knowledge of building and sustaining Smart Physical Infrastructure and Smart City Development Projects.

Here is the list of the topics we train you in:

§CIM and Electrical engineering Feeds (understanding its importance)

§Power Grid Technology – (Emphasis on Micro Grid for Smart Cities)

§Renewable Energy Technologies for Urban Centers

§Methods of Electrical Distribution/Installations

§Smart Electrical Network System Components and their Monitoring & Control

§Multipurpose Utility Corridor/Tunnels/Trenches/Poles.

e. The Environmental & Mechanical Systems including Waste Disposal-The development of the Smart City and Urban Rejuvenation necessitates a robust and efficient physical infrastructure that can transform cities into becoming smart, adding sustainability to its existence.  Mechanical Systems and plants like (Sewage Treatment, Water Treatment, and Pump Stations) are integral to the life of a healthy living city.

Here is the list of the topics we train you in:

§CIM and Environmental & Mechanical Systems Feeds (understanding its importance)

§Environment and its protection – Pollution & Control

§Water Engineering – Demand & Supply, Distribution & Management, etc.,

§Water & Sewer Network construction & Piping Systems Fundamentals etc.,

§Municipal Solid Waste Management (Collection, Transfer, Processing & Disposal)

§Dynamics of Water & Wastewater Treatment

A14. Smart Sustainable Cities – methodologies-This course will focus on knowing and applying the design process, including: reframing the initial question (challenge the task given), using generative techniques to come up with a variety of ideas (come up with new, fresh, and different ideas), and using co-design techniques to involve the user early in the design process (learn from their experiences, help validate your concepts). This approach will help students to better cope with the complex case issued in the final project of this program and will help to develop professional skills as a problem solver for future challenges.


I.Demonstrate knowledge about the design process.

II.Demonstrate knowledge on generative techniques, reframing, and codesign. Comprehension

III.Understand how and why reframing, generative techniques, and co-design techniques work Application

IV.Apply reframing to define the challenge issues and to create a design brief.

V.Apply generative techniques to come up with a variety of ideas that are new and creative.

VI.Apply co-design techniques for including users and stakeholders in the design process.


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    Smart City Fundamentals


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