Smart towns - ICT
Digital, information and communication technologies are revolutionising the management of public services and urban functioning and present unprecedented challenges for local authorities:
- Real-time information offers the possibility of efficiently regulating demand and optimising the functioning of public services and infrastructure: smart towns, smart grids, etc.
- The burgeoning number of private initiatives involving data capture calls for a necessary coordination between public authorities in order to safeguard the interests of citizens;
- New technologies offer the possibility of designing new digital services for the population which enhance the appeal of local areas;
- Superfast broadband telecommunications networkshave become an essential pre-requisite for the development of the regions.