There is plenty of public sector and media interest about the concept of smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT) but ‘smart’ is not just about cities or technology. It is also about improving lives by creating towns and communities that work and thrive. This can be achieved through collaboration, with different and innovative thinking for how we deliver public services and grow local economies. It can be enabled by the next evolution of digital technology and shared data. There are many challenges associated with smart initiatives, such as: les mer her