Smart cities are high on the political agenda around the globe. However, planning smart cities and deploying applications dealing with the complex problems of the urban environment is a very challenging task that is difficult to be undertaken solely by the cities. We argue that the uptake of smart city strategies is facilitated, first, through the development of smart city application repositories allowing re-use of already developed and tested software, and, second, through cloud computing which disengages city authorities from any resource constraints, technical or financial, and has a higher impact and greater effect at the city level The combination of these two solutions allows city governments and municipalities to select and deploy a large number of applications dedicated to different city functions, which collectively could create a multiplier effect with a greater impact on the urban environment.
The paper is organized in four parts. The introduction, after a review of the effect of open innovation on the creation of smart city applications, outlines the intended research outcomes. Section II presents the advantages of cloud computing for smart cities. Section III is dedicated towards the migration of smart city applications to the cloud, first, by introducing ICOS, an Intelligent City Software and Solutions repository aiming to facilitate re-use of software for smart cities and, second, by describing a experiment of public services migration to the cloud within the framework of Storm Clouds Project. Section IV discusses some general guidelines with regards to migration of city services to the cloud.
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Tsarchopoulos, P. , Komninos, N. , Kakderi, C. (2017). ‘Accelerating the Uptake of Smart City Applications through Cloud Computing‘. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(1), 2980.