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In 25th June 2015, Govt. of India launched Smart Cities Mission,a new IT strategy to encompass a global transformational plan aimed at introducing the use of new technologies in an innovative way in order to improve the overall operation and management of the city, fostering economic growth and strengthening citizens’ welfare.

Bareilly Smart City strategy also responded to the challenges the city was facing regarding its own organization (Place), the integration of citizens (People), private companies (Private) and the local administration (Public).

The strength of Bareilly smart city strategy relied on its cross-cutting approach. Indeed, the objective of the Bareilly Smart City was to engage and keep all stakeholders connected, in order to ensure strong support from everyone and to foster innovation in a continuous way. Additionally, the city started working through a cyclic and cross-cutting innovation model, with all the departments of the City Council, in order to provide innovative and useful services to citizens - that they have progressively integrated into their daily habits in a flexible, continuous and agile way.

Learnings from Bareilly City experience: the smart city Decalogue.

This “decalogue” summarizes the ten key success factors of tomorrow’s digital cities:

  • 1. Anticipate the 21st century’s main challenge: fast-growing urbanization
  • 2. Consider technology as a facilitator, not a goal in itself
  • 3. Anchor the strategy into an ambitious transformational city project
  • 4. Define a long-term vision
  • 5. Define a clear action plan responding to local challenges
  • 6. Define the action plan through a holistic and cross-cutting approach
  • 7. Align the strategy with existing frameworks and funding schemes
  • 8. Engage citizens in the process
  • 9. Ensure an efficient governance model, integrating all key stakeholders
  • 10. Build alliances: industry partnerships and ecosystem.